Andrew Johnson Works with City Leaders to Remove Barriers for Urban Farmers

For Immediate Release

11/1/2013

Contact: Patty Day, contact@AndrewMpls.com

Andrew Johnson Works with City Leaders to Remove Barriers for Urban Farmers

November 1, 2013, Minneapolis, Minn. - Andrew Johnson, candidate for Ward 12 on the Minneapolis City Council, is calling attention to another City Ordinance, this time for being unconstitutional. Johnson, in collaboration with Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon and Longfellow business owner Russ Henry, made the case to the Minneapolis City Attorney who agreed that the ordinance restricting the number of days Minneapolis residents are allowed to sell their own produce on their property can no longer be enforced.

The ordinance, City code 535.360(8), states that farmstands can only sell products grown onsite and cannot exceed 15 days in one calendar year. Johnson discovered this ordinance to be in conflict with the State’s Constitution, specifically ARTICLE XIII Sec. 7, which states that, “Any person may sell or peddle the products of the farm or garden occupied and cultivated by him without obtaining a license therefor.” Johnson has drawn attention to this issue on behalf of the many urban farmers now populating the city.

“I want to people to be able to look back and say, ‘Look at this campaign. It had a positive effect on Minneapolis,” said Johnson. “Changing this ordinance will help the local sustainable food economy and will lead to healthy food options for residents, more local jobs, and positive effects on our environment. It’s a really good thing.”

Jillia Pessenda Bovino, Co-Founder of Minneapolis-based California Street Farm said, "The work Andrew has done on behalf of urban agriculture will make it easier for all of us to provide locally grown food to our communities more days of the year, enhancing the local food economy for years to come."

Over the course of his campaign, Johnson has drawn attention to several city ordinances that are outdated or have encumbered small businesses. This summer, Johnson cited the city’s requirements for bread packaging as an example of why Minneapolis’ ordinances should be reviewed. Additionally, Johnson drew attention to an ordinance that required restaurants to construct separate restrooms for men and women. This led to a change in the ordinance, making it easier for small restaurants to open their doors in Minneapolis.

City Council Member Cam Gordon has introduced a request to strike the ordinance currently on the books. Johnson hopes he will get a chance to partner with Gordon, this time as a future member of the Minneapolis City Council, representing Ward 12.

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12
3715 35th AveS. Minneapolis, MN55406
612-564-2639
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Patricia Torres Ray and Jim Davnie Back Andrew Johnson in the Ward 12 City Council Race

For Immediate Release

10/13/2013

Contact: Patty Day, contact@AndrewMpls.com

Patricia Torres Ray and Jim Davnie Back Andrew Johnson in the Ward 12 City Council Race

October 13, 2013 Minneapolis, Minn. - This Tuesday, Minnesota Senator Patricia Torres Ray and Minnesota House of Representative Jim Davnie will show their support for Andrew Johnson for Minneapolis City Council Ward 12 by hosting a fundraiser for him at Gandhi Mahal.

"I support Andrew Johnson because he has shown a genuine commitment to our community through his work,” said Patricia Torres Ray. “He has been consistently engaged with the residents of our ward, listening to their concerns, so he can represent our voices at City Hall. He will be a great partner to work with."

This fundraiser is the latest vote of confidence in what has become a pattern of strong support for Andrew Johnson by local DFL leaders. Johnson is endorsed by all of Minnesota’s three major labor unions, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and all local DFL caucuses. He is also the only candidate for an open seat endorsed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Since entering the race last Spring, Johnson has made action a key component of his campaign. When the  devastating storm hit Minneapolis several months ago, Johnson organized local volunteers and spent 36 hours clearing downed trees, helping neighbors to better navigate the local streets. He has also worked to change two city ordinances; one concerning restroom requirements for small businesses and the other targeted towards making it easier for small urban farms to sell their produce. Johnson also had the chance to intervene in a domestic violence assault during one of his many nights out knocking on doors.

“I work hard every day to show the residents of Ward 12 that I am serious about making our City a safe place to live and great place to work and play,” said Johnson. “I truly appreciate the support and confidence of Patricia Torres Ray and Jim Davnie in this race and I look forward to working together with them to address the needs of this community in a comprehensive way. Together we will be a strong voice for Ward 12.”

Johnson is also scheduled to join the other candidates in the Ward 12 race in a debate at the Midtown Farmer’s Market next Saturday, October 19th, at 10:00 a.m. to talk about his track record and outline his vision for the neighborhood.

The Patricia Torres Ray and Jim Davnie fundraiser will be held this Tuesday, October 15th, at 5:00 pm at Gandhi Mahal, 3009 27th Ave S.

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12
3715 35th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-564-2639

www.andrewmpls.com, www.facebook.com/AndrewForMpls, @AndrewForMpls

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Labor Groups Unanimously Endorse Andrew Johnson

For Immediate Release

9/25/2013

Contact: Patty Day, contact@AndrewMpls.com

Andrew Johnson Endorsed by All Local Labor Organizations

 September 25, 2013 Minneapolis, Minn. - On Monday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) joined Minnesota’s other two major labor organizations in endorsing Andrew Johnson for the Minneapolis City Council Ward 12 seat. This endorsement gives Johnson a unanimous backing by all three of Minnesota’s major labor affiliations.

The AFSCME’s announcement follows Johnson’s earlier endorsements this year by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation (MRLF) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). These organizations represent the bulk of Minneapolis’ labor employees, all of which carefully vetted Johnson before weighing in on the Ward 12 race.

In addition to labor's unanimous support, Andrew Johnson is endorsed by all DFL constituency caucuses, the presidents of several Minneapolis boards including the Minneapolis Public Schools Board, several sitting Minneapolis City Council Members, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

"I am thankful and humbled by the overwhelming support and trust of so many leaders, residents, unions and other important groups," said Andrew Johnson. "It has been a remarkable journey and I am energized by the tremendous support of my neighbors and friends. There is a lot of work to do and I am excited to get started on making our city a great place for families, workers and businesses to thrive."

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12
3715 35th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-564-2639

www.andrewmpls.com, www.facebook.com/AndrewForMpls, @AndrewForMpls

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Minneapolis Park & Rec Board Member Endorses Andrew Johnson

For Immediate Release

9/16/2013

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Minneapolis Park & Rec Board Member Endorses Andrew Johnson

 

September 16, 2013 Minneapolis, Minn - Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Member Brad Bourn has joined a growing list of supporters to endorse Andrew Johnson for the Ward 12 Minneapolis City Council seat.

Says Bourn, "I have been impressed with Andrew’s track record of working hard for responsible environmental stewardship and with his vision for our future. He will make an excellent partner and understands the importance of working together. Our city and our parks will be better with Andrew Johnson serving Ward 12 on the City Council."

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

 

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12
3715 35th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-564-2639

www.andrewmpls.comwww.facebook.com/AndrewForMpls@AndrewForMpls

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Endorses Andrew Johnson

For Immediate Release

9/9/2013

Contact: Patty Day, contact@AndrewMpls.com

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Endorses Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12

“Fresh eyes focused on what is best for our neighborhoods”

 

September 9, 2013 Minneapolis, Minn - Last Friday Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak formally announced his endorsement of Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12. This marks the first open seat endorsement for Mayor Rybak in this year's Minneapolis City Council election.

Mayor R.T. Rybak, said, “Andrew's energetic, grassroots campaign shows he can come to City Hall with fresh eyes focused on what is best for our neighborhoods. His campaign is reflective of my early grassroots support and I am excited to have this passionate voice for our neighborhoods on the Council. Andrew clearly cares about this city and I have no doubt that he will work hard to make our city great."

Andrew Johnson said, “Mayor Rybak's support is an exciting milestone for my campaign and I am honored to have his backing in this race. It continues to be important to me to be a voice for our neighborhoods and advocate on behalf of all residents of Ward 12. Mayor Rybak has been a great advocate for our city and I hope to follow in his footsteps to make Minneapolis the best it can be.”

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12

3715 35th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406

612-564-2639

www.andrewmpls.com, www.facebook.com/AndrewForMpls, @AndrewForMpls

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Stonewall DFL Endorses Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12

For Immediate Release

9/3/2013

Contact: Patty Day, contact@AndrewMpls.com

The Stonewall DFL Endorses Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12

“A passionate advocate for equality for all Minneapolis residents”

 

September 4, 2013 Minneapolis, Minn - The Stonewall DFL on Tuesday formally announced its endorsement of Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12. Johnson, a passionate advocate for equality for all Minneapolis residents, received unanimous support from the Stonewall DFL. The Stonewall DFL is the LGBT Caucus of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party and includes more than 4,000 members statewide. This important endorsement adds to Johnson’s growing and diverse community support, which includes both the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, all announced DFL constituency caucuses, and many elected officials.

Gerald Strauss, Political Director of the Stonewall DFL, said, “We stand behind Andrew Johnson as the best choice for Ward 12. Andrew’s intimate knowledge and research into the City’s ordinances has proven to be valuable in our fight for equality. We look forward to working with Andrew to update these to ensure fair and equal treatment of all residents. In endorsing Andrew Johnson, we are endorsing an advocate of fair and common sense regulation, a champion for equality and a friend to all residents, including those in the LGBT community. Of all the candidates currently running for Ward 12, Andrew Johnson was the only one who sought the DFL endorsement and had a very strong showing at the Ward 12 Caucus. He is also the candidate in this race that most embodies Stonewall DFL’s values and mission. We’re proud to support him for City Council.”

Andrew Johnson said, “I am honored and excited to receive the endorsement of the Stonewall DFL, which has been fighting to advance equality and equity in our city and state for decades. While this has been a banner year towards advancing the rights of LGBT individuals, there is still much work to be done. I continue to be committed to working for equality for all Minneapolis residents, and together we can make this city a better place for everyone to live.”

Andrew Johnson is currently the President of the Longfellow Community Council (LCC), the largest neighborhood organization in Minneapolis. He also owns a small business, and through it, performs IT services for an educational non-profit.

Andrew Johnson for City Council Ward 12

3715 35th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406

612-564-2639

www.andrewmpls.com, www.facebook.com/AndrewForMpls, @AndrewForMpls

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