I want to work with every community organization to make a giant leap into a functioning, operational north Minneapolis with lower crime, more businesses and definitely more opportunity for everyone.
Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) July 23, 2009
Today in Minneapolis local north Minneapolis businessman Lennie Chism and Community Activist Kenya McKnight have filed to run against incumbent Minneapolis Ward 5 City Councilman Don Samuels.
Chism says, “North Minneapolis has seen the worst of times with Samuels in office that has created groups that for the most part overlook that woman on the corner with three children and no job in favor of a ‘peace’ group to have an ‘Art Crawl.’ This does not address the many issues that north Minneapolis has nor does it create education, independence or wealth for the community. Don Samuel’s must go!”
“His comments about ‘burning North High School down’ and lack of interaction with the stakeholders of Ward 5 must change. I am the candidate that will bring a change of perception to north Minneapolis while inviting the private sector to participate in the growth of the community.”
Chism went on to say, “We need groups like the University of Minnesota/UROC in north Minneapolis – we’ve had nothing for years. But we also need Community Benefit Agreements with organizations that come into the north side that will help us grow capacity in the forms of job creation, program engagement and entrepreneurial ventures for the residents of Ward 5.”
“I want to work with every community organization to make a giant leap into a functioning, operational north Minneapolis with lower crime, more businesses and definitely more opportunity for everyone.”
No return call from the McKnight campaign at the time of this release. It is also rumored that former NAACP youth coordinator James Everette has filed to run for Mayor of Minneapolis.
To contact the campaign of “Chism for Cures” send an email to cures at lenniechism dot com