Running for City Council (Ward 11)*
Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 7, 2017

“I love our neighborhood. This is a community where people go out of their way to know each other’s names. I’m proud to call South Minneapolis my home and raise my family here.

Public service has always meant a great deal to me. After graduating from Marquette University, I did a year of service through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, working on legislative efforts to alleviate poverty in Baltimore. This work led me to go on to law school at the University of the District of Columbia, where I focused on public interest law, human rights and housing.

I’ve spent my career fighting for equity, combating poverty, and advocating for human rights. I have a long track record of working with people on both sides of an issue to create solutions and consensus many thought were impossible to reach. For more than 12 years, I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector to build more equitable communities. Currently, I fight for affordable and workforce housing across the state with Minnesota Housing Partnership. As the Executive Director of Common Cause Minnesota, I worked for a more transparent and accountable government. While living in Illinois, I led the legislative strategy and campaign to successfully abolish the death penalty. I also worked to pass legislation that raised the minimum wage and obtained health care for home care and child care workers while working for their labor union. Through this work, I’ve fought to make life fairer for everyone.

I believe in the power of democracy to make change happen, and I’m running for City Council to make Minneapolis work for everyone. I know that with my experience managing nonprofit organizations, serving on governing boards, leading coalitions, and effectively passing legislation, I’ll be able to help us move beyond just talking about problems to fixing them.

I’m the father of two young boys and the son of two public school teachers. My wife and I are thrilled to have put down our permanent roots in South Minneapolis. Our family is here. Our dreams are here. Our future is here. I am committed to working tirelessly to make this a vibrant community for everyone as your next City Council Member.”

Schroeder is running on the following platform:

  • Proactive, Engaged Leadership
    1. Accountability
    2. Responsiveness
    3. Transparency
  • Equity and Inclusion
    1. Helping Working Families
    2. Ending Inequity
    3. Equitable Democracy
  • Vibrancy
    1. Smart Urban Development
    2. Economic Growth
    3. Environmental Sustainability

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