I'm super excited to be a first time candidate. What inspired me to run was honestly a lot of the work that I have been doing for years that led up to deciding to run. I've been a community organizer in Minneapolis for the last eight years, organizing around issues like housing justice, climate action, workers rights, reproductive freedom, but also helping elect local leaders, specifically women of color to office, that represents the values of our community.
I've been a policy aide at City Hall for a number of years, and I've served as a policy aide during some of the hardest times in our city, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, managing constituent services, trying to help people in our community navigate economic loss, the fears that they had for their family being safe from a virus we didn't know a lot about, and then also supporting our local businesses.
I also served as a policy aide when George Floyd was devastatingly murdered by Minneapolis police. And when we experienced the trauma of unrest, and everything that followed. Running in 2023 is really what really inspired me to meet the moment of helping our city heal and repair from the trauma that we collectively experienced.
And also acknowledging that within our city, we have deep inequities, on the basis of the income that you have, what you look like. It's been my lived experience too, as a person of color, as someone that comes from a working class community, that local government should play a role in ensuring that everyone has the same access to resources.
Right now, in the city of Minneapolis, if you're a BIPOC-owned small business, you are experiencing more hardship than other businesses. If you are a working person, it's harder for you to rent or find access to homeownership. If you're unhoused, the resources available to help you come out of that situation aren't as strong. In our community and Ward Twelve, what we really care about is making sure that everyone has access to basic public services. We want to be in really strong allyship with the community and uplift everyone.
I've always said since the beginning of my campaign, I'm running because I deeply believe that if we centered those who are most in need in our policy and our outreach, we will all do better. We will all experience positive change. I'm about running for a future where we have a healthy, safe, connected, multigenerational, multiracial community that we can be really proud of. That's the trajectory I want to see our city go in.