Guest op-ed from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd and Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad.
This week, Senator Amy Klobuchar will take part in the Local America Presidential Forum hosted by the United States Conference of Mayors in Waterloo (you can still get free tickets here). As four mayors from very different cities in this nation of shared dreams, we’re proud to support Senator Klobuchar for President.
When people are looking for the best place to start a business or where to start a family, they look to us. When our constituents need the roads plowed in the winter, they look to us. When they are concerned about affordable housing or good schools, they look to us. We represent students and seniors, we represent families that have called Minnesota home for generations and we represent immigrants that arrived yesterday.
Our four cities are different, located in the varying corners of the state and in different political terrains. Minneapolis is an international city, a national business center, the largest city in our state. Moorhead in western Minnesota is part of one of the fastest growing regions of the state, part of the Red River Valley that has long been an agricultural region and has seen an energy boom this century. Mankato is one of the largest cities in southern Minnesota, a university town with thousands of workers employed by the Mayo Clinic. Duluth is one of the most populous cities on Lake Superior, the home of the largest port on the Great Lakes, and the major hub for a three-state region.
Our backgrounds are diverse as well. Mayor Judd is Moorhead’s first African-American mayor, Mayor Massad is Mankato’s first female mayor and a Lebanese-American immigrant, Mayor Larson is also the first female mayor Duluth and Mayor Frey is the youngest mayor of Minneapolis in decades and the city’s second Jewish mayor. We represent cities that are always evolving, cities that have their own unique strengths and challenges and cities that we’re proud to fight for.
As Mayors, we support Senator Klobuchar because she has always understood that governing is about getting things done. That’s why she has a track record as one of the most effective members of the United States Senate. Yes, she knows how to give a great speech and she certainly knows how to tell a good joke, but she also knows how to pass legislation and deliver for her constituents all across Minnesota. She’s been the lead Democrat on over 100 bills that have been signed into law, ranging on everything from securing funding to rebuild a collapsed bridge to investing in critical election security improvements.
You can’t succeed as a mayor unless you know how to listen, know how to be responsive and know what’s going on in every neighborhood in your city. That’s the approach Senator Klobuchar has taken in representing our state. She doesn’t just go where it’s comfortable either — she meets with people on the other side of the partisan divide. She goes to rural, suburban and urban areas, with a dedication to all. She hears what people have to say, she tells the truth and she finds common ground.
With that guiding spirit as a Senator, she’s won big in all corners of our state. She’s won statewide. Three times. In her three Senate campaigns, she’s won every congressional district in our state. She’s won every race, every place, every time. We can’t afford to lose this election. Let’s nominate a candidate who has won and delivered statewide.
As more and more of the country has gotten to know Amy, they’ve seen a Senator who is honest, who doesn’t back down, a Senator with real plans to lower drug prices, rebuild our infrastructure, support veterans, make college affordable and more. She’s running to bridge the river of our divides. She’s running to be President for all of America.
As four mayors who care about delivering results for our constituents, we believe Amy Klobuchar will deliver for working people across this nation, that’s why she has our vote.
by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Mankato Mayor Najwa Massad