Council Member Lisa Bender’s progressive stamp in the 10th Ward has generated challengers raising concerns about the effects of her agenda. Bender’s busy short-term involved advocating for a $15 minimum wage, secure and sick time, enlarged bikeways, a brand new Lowry Hill East historic district, accessory dwelling units (or “granny flats”) and the expansion of pedestrian-oriented layout principles that increase density along commercial corridors in Uptown.

Candidate Saralyn Romanishan is popularly well known for administering the Minneapolis Residents for Responsible Development Coalition Facebook webpage, which critiques development proposals and advocates for preserving the present character of Minneapolis. She works for Metro Transit and volunteers together with all the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association.

David Schorn functions like a teacher and trainer in Brooklyn Center.

Bruce Lundeen, a Vietnam veteran and frequent candidate for public office, also functions Bruce Arnold Physical and possesses rental home.

The way to handle parking has emerged as a disagreement between the candidates.

While Bender worked to limit parking in new development nearby transit to decrease housing costs and prioritize bike lanes on portions of 26th and 28th streets, all of her challengers increased parking as an problem of concern. Lundeen said passengers is a “nightmare”; Schorn said areas are overrun and 28th Street has come to be a “crisis”; also Romanishan stated the price of home has continued to climb despite the parking rules.

Romanishan said town policy has made Ward 10 a “gold mine” for programmers, and said proposals are seldom denied. She attributed Bender for a loss of affordable housing in the last several years, saying that gentrification is causing the ward to lose its diversity.

Bender, in response, said it is irresponsible to suggest the city shouldn’t build more home for growing numbers of inhabitants. And she cautioned that extensive involvement with neighbors and town employees readies projects for approval before they reach a Planning Commission vote.

Candidates wish to tackle rising rents in the ward, with the exclusion of Lundeen, a landlord who’d rather improve the economy and increase incomes. Bender wants to ensure it is more difficult to evict residents and find a means to intervene in the point of an inexpensive flat sale. Romanishan needs legal representation for renters, a “just cause” eviction ordinance, better information on landlords and better-trained inspectors. Schorn would like to see more environmentally friendly choices, lower property prices in properties which keep units affordable, and better use of empty lots.

David Schorn

Neighborhood: The Wedge

Current job: Social studies instructor, Brooklyn Center Schools

Endorsements: Minneapolis Police Federation

Experience: Social Studies instructor for 30 years; high school coach for 32 years; spokesperson for same sex union and PFLAG; painting and landscaping business proprietor; past Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association board member; Kids Voting of both MN and All Of The Folks Coordinator 1987-2016; past union president of Education Minnesota–Brooklyn Center

Fundraising total: $100 during July 25




Bruce Lundeen

Neighborhood: Whittier

Current task: Self-employed

Endorsements: Minneapolis City Republican Committee

Experience: Vietnam experienced with the U.S. Marine Corps; fisherman on offshore trawlers; tour boat captain; tug employee in Alaska; proprietor of the pipes, air conditioning and heating firm Bruce Arnold Mechanical since 1991.

Fundraising total: No fundraising reported



Saralyn Romanishan

Neighborhood: The Wedge

Current task: Metro Transit

Endorsements: Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005

Experience: Volunteer and elected board member with Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association; block leader; heritage member, Minneapolis Residents for Responsible Development Coalition

Fundraising total: $1,605 during July 25



Twitter: @Saralyn4Ward10

Lisa Bender

Neighborhood: The Wedge

Current task: 10th Ward council member

Key endorsements: Our Revolution — Twin Cities, Outfront MN, Minnesota Young DFL, Stonewall DFL Caucus, DFL Environmental Caucus, SEIU MN, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Minnesota Nurses Association, WomenWinning, Take Action MN

Experience: Former MnDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator; Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition founder; Zoning and Planning Committee chair; lead author of paid sick period ordinance and minimal wage ordinance

Fundraising total: $104,069.14 (January 1, 2014 through July 25, 2017)



Twitter: @lisabendermpls