April 6, 2013
The candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis met for the second time in a week on Wednesday evening in a candidate forum at Solomon’s Porch in Southwest Minneapolis where Gary Schiff once again distinguished himself as the candidate with the clearest vision for moving Minneapolis forward. Schiff stressed that one of his main priorities will be to ensure that all of Minneapolis children get off to a good start by intervening in the poverty cycle early in life. “Stadiums don’t end poverty. I will put the investment where it can disrupt the cycle of poverty,” Schiff stated.
Another highlight of the evening came when the candidates were asked if they would abide by the DFL endorsement if someone other than them were to be endorsed. Gary Schiff was the only candidate who said he would abide by the DFL endorsement.
Schiff said, “I will abide by the DFL endorsement because I believe in the DFL. We are stronger as a party when we stand together and I believe that ranked choice voting means that we should endorse to make a clear designation of which candidate best aligns with the progressive values of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party.”
The debate can be viewed by visiting The UpTake.
March 30, 2013
Gary Schiff joined four other mayoral candidates on stage at the University of Minnesota in the first debate of the 2013 mayoral campaign and made a strong case to be the city’s next progressive mayor. Gary offered specific policy proposals, all of them relating back to a common overarching theme: that a Schiff administration will be committed to preserving and strengthening city neighborhoods.
“In the most progressive city in the country, every neighborhood should make progress,” he said.
Gary stated that his top three priorities if elected would be to create jobs, cut red tape for local businesses, and end the cycle of multigenerational poverty to ensure our kids have a chance at a better life. He cited his work with Children’s Hospital and the now flourishing Minneapoils microbrewing industry as evidence of his ability to get things done and create jobs that feed the local economy and strengthen neighborhoods.
“An entrepreneur came to me three years ago and said, ‘Why can’t I make beer in Minneapolis?’ By gutting rules that have been on the books since Prohibition, we now have seven microbreweries, with two more on the way. No subsidies—just suds.”
The debate can be viewed online at The UpTake.
March 13, 2013
A grand opening event for Gary Schiff’s new campaign office at 3017 27th Avenue South drew over 150 Minneapolis residents and Gary Schiff supporters. The Gary Schiff for Mayor campaign office was formerly the campaign headquarters of Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison. Over 150 supporters attended the event and enjoyed food donated by local businesses, and tunes spun by DJ Dave Hoenack from Hymie’s Vintage Records.
Attendees learned how they can support the campaign, from signing up to volunteer to pledging to become a delegate for Gary Schiff at the April 16 caucuses. Gary detailed his vision of Minneapolis as a progressive city that embraces its diversity as a place where all neighborhoods thrive.
February 13, 2013
Today Gary Schiff proudly accepted the endorsement of the Minneapolis Firefighters Union Local 82. “We endorse Gary Schiff for mayor because he is committed to neighborhood safety,” the union said in its statement of support. Gary was raised in a union family and has always supported the right of workers to organize for better conditions.
Currently the Minneapolis Fire Department is over 18 percent smaller than it was in 2001. If elected mayor, Gary would fully fund the department, since a larger force would mean less overtime and fewer worker injuries.
January 29, 2013
Gary Schiff kicked off his campaign for Minneapolis Mayor in front of an enthusiastic crowd of small business owners at Harriet Brewing, a local brew pub in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis. It was an especially fitting location, since Gary authored the 2010 Brew Beer Here law, which made microbrewing legal in the City of Minneapolis for the first time since Prohibition.
Because of Gary’s work on the City Council to simplify regulations that affect small businesses, his campaign has earned the endorsement of over 100 locally-owned small business owners. Gary’s focus on cutting red tape and supporting entrepreneurs is key to creating jobs and a sustainable local economy.