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My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have 3 boys in Minneapolis schools ages 16, 10, and 6. We live in NE Minneapolis and are contributors to our community and beyond. I am one of you. I have faced the same kinds of struggles as many of you. Many of my life struggles were due to barriers that long needed to be torn down. My life’s work up to this point has always been doing just that and I plan to continue that tradition into this role as your Councilwoman. I want to break those barriers down so that people can focus on being the best version of themselves and accomplish all that they put their minds to.
I believe all people are created equal, have a right to live their lives in whatever way suits their pursuit of happiness, and that we all deserve equity. Equity in the job market, economy, safety, education, environmental standards...all facets of life.

We lead with the larger vision. I do not pledge allegiance to any party or alliance that tears down its own. I put people first where they belong and work on behalf of their interests. The outcome of the Presidency and our current political climate demands real leaders who can put being PC aside to stand up to the establishment that is trying to take our freedoms and segregate us from each other. I will see to the true progress of our beautiful ward, have the tough conversations on your behalf, and take action in the form of continuous improvement and progressive change.

I am a true believer in collaboration, especially in politics. In Minneapolis, any change we make can and will affect other parts of the city and our state as a whole. We are the economic machine with many moving parts that when combined fuel the engine of our state. Each part of our ward has its own challenges and only by working together to come up with smart, green, sustainable solutions will we be able to meet those challenges and overcome them.

I served my country in the US Army as a Combat Medic SGT and in this role as councilwoman, I will be able to continue my selfless service focused on our community. We have work to do and I am the candidate that is ready to listen to you and get the work done!

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Budget and Business

Small business owners are vital to the economy of the city. They add culture, jobs, and stability to our city. Our small businesses partner with our local schools and the community donating funds, food, and welcoming spaces.

We need to support our new entrepreneurs and existing ones by providing them with the tools they need to be successful in our city. Many of our business owners are poc and women.

You cannot be anti business and pro worker. Businesses provide jobs. The issue is business practices when it comes to scheduling, time off, wages, workplace safety, and work life integration.

The us vs. them, workers against business, is damaging and fragmenting our community. I want to change the conversation and light the wick from both ends. We cannot make change if we are not creating an environment to cultivate it.


Current Campaign ...

CM Cam Gorden, Incumbent Ward 2
Green Party, 5th CD, Endorsed

April 11th, 2017
To: Samantha Pree-Stinson
From: Minneapolis Firefighter’s Association Local 82

We are proud and excited to announce our endorsement of Samantha Pree-Stinson for Minneapolis City Council 3rd Ward seat. Our goal of MFD Local 82 is to protect our firefighters while providing the best Fire and Emergency Medical Services available. We believe that her positions on issues and her approach to solving problems and developing policies by utilizing all of those involved, best serves the residents, and visitors of Minneapolis.

Mark Lakosky, L82 President Joseph Mattison, L82 Treasurer
Cory Martin, L82 Secretary


4 Pillar Ideology

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.” We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.


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Protecting our ri...

A woman has a right to do whatever she feels is best for her and her body. Nobody has the right to make that decision for someone else. Women, elderly, and children also have every right to get equal pay for equal work.

Everyone has a right to identify as it fits their lifestyle. #Letthempee Creating laws against people being able to relieve their natural bodily functions is wrong. This is just one of many situations that have bubbled up masked as a safety issue when really it is oppression.

Families should be able to come together after a birth of a child and both partners should be able to take an equal amount of time off work. There should be equity in the relationship of maternal and paternal leave.

Every child has the right to a public education and I do not believe that we should turn our school board over to mayoral control. School board, Parks, and City Council should stay separate but collaborate for a holistic approach to our city governance.

Workers need to continue to unionize and use collective bargaining to fight for what they deserve in the workplace. Nurses need a reasonable cap to the max amount of patients assigned to them as a matter of safety. Our Fire Department needs to be funded and staffed to meet the growing needs of out city. Police need reform and effective leadership.

We should not carve out tips for service workers. It sends a message that they are somehow not good enough to make as much as their peers. If we are going to address this at a city level then we need to make sure that everyone gets an equal wage increase. AND we need to make sure that we are supporting our small businesses. They are providing jobs to the community and they cannot afford to fail. This is not a $15 or pro small business situation. This is an "and" situation. They are not mutually exclusive and as a city our job is to make sure that all of our residents have the tools, resources, and opportunities to succeed in their goals, hopes, and dreams. The average cost of living in our ward pushes $1900/mo. Countless people spending over 1/3 of their income on housing alone. Over 40% of people make below $35k a year. Studies show that to afford to live in Minnesota, you would need to make approx. 17.45. so $15 gets us close. I want a study to look at what a basic income would mean for Minneapolitans. Job automation is coming and addressing wages is a start but we need to look at cost.

I stand with you. Your collective voices are heard and I will work hard for the progress of each individual, child, family, and business in my ward and across the city.


Uniting the Middle

Since the ward boundaries changed, Ward 3 is no longer just downtown. Ward 3 is families, college students, renters, young professionals, homeowners, artists, foodies, musicians, and an increasingly growing elderly population, especially in the Northloop.

There are 10 neighborhoods that are a part of Ward 3:

Downtown East
Downtown West (part)
Marcy Holmes (Dinkytown)
Nicollet Island – East Bank
North Loop (part)
St. Anthony East
St. Anthony West


People before pol...

We are divided and divided we fell. Bernie supporters disenfranchised, women feeling objectified and let down as a pantsuit nation for Hillary, and people feeling like you have to wait your turn in a party in order to have a chance at winning.

I chose to leave the 2 party system in pursuit of something more. I am tired of my vote being taken for granted. I am liberal so the expected vote is Democrat. There are other options and choices with strong viable candidates and progressive platforms. I support a multi-party system with proportional representation and RCV (rank choice voting) supports that model at the local level because it creates a foundation for a level playing field.

For me, I chose Green because they put people first and that is how local nonpartisan politics should be.


An Affordable Min...

Accountability, Affordability, Choice

The City of Minneapolis should support Affordable Housing by:

*Discouraging gentrification (Studies show that gentrification ( has and is impacting our neighborhoods:
and ensuring that Affordable Housing opportunities are distributed evenly across the city
Expanding the role of city inspections to ensure that Affordable Housing properties comply with accepted standards of habitability
*Adapting zoning to allow for micro-housing and small business opportunities
*Exploring and developing Public/Private partnerships to extend the power of available funds
*$15 wage and beyond.

You can read the full white paper platform here:


Green, clean, and...

We need to make sure that we reduce emissions and invest in clean energy. We need an aggressive timeline in place with milestones to keep Minneapolis environmentally friendly such as the use of eco-friendly salt alternatives in the winter, no sulfide mining, increasing our bee hive initiatives, responsible use of storm water retention during construction, and overall clean energy options for our city.

A future-forward thinking Minneapolis like we proposed in our SMART city grant proposal. Data clearinghouse, solar bikeways, electric cars, autonomous transit, and on demand connected transit, micro transit, bike's and plow fleets.

We also need to plant eco-friendly foliage, plants, and fruit-bearing trees. Adding urban agriculture and providing mixed use alleyways for beautification, help with hunger/nutrition issues, and innovative space saving alternatives.

Northern metals is leaving and we need to make sure that we complete the research into the elevated lead and other increased naturally occurring elements in the air and soil to reduce poisoning, asthma/breathing issues, and overall health.


Energy, Environme...

*Continue to add LRT access especially in lower income neighborhoods and supplement with autonomous micro transit options.
*Explore 3rd generation roadway systems and what that would look like for Minneapolis.
*Fully invest in protected bike lanes with green streets (permeable surfaces) for water retention
*Solar bikeway system pilot
*Green rooftops and Urban agriculture
*Carbon sequestration in soil and increasing composting efforts across the city
*Private renewable power generation
Supporting the efforts of Community Power in part by continuing to organically divest from energy corporations and build the infrastructure for a self-sustaining municipal-led utility model

**Read the full white paper platform here:


Increased collabo...

Education in Minneapolis has been struggling for years and strategic plans are slow moving and have still not addressed the segregation issues in the city due in part to school choice back blow, charter schools, funding, contract disputes/complications, and transportation. Each councilman/woman/person should be collaborative and support the educational needs and efforts in their ward. The 2020 committee that is state mandated should also have CM/CW presence as education issues in our city have a direct impact on future unemployment, crime, school to prison pipeline, and the ability to earn a living wage.

I would love to see a collaborative effort to address the mental health needs of our students, better supports in place for students with IEPs, a transportation app so we can see real time where the buses are when they are late, free city-wide pre-K, and free lunch for all with salad bars and farm to table fresh options.

We have been looking into free tuition at our community colleges. This may not be something we can do alone at the municipal level but I am a proponent of it and would do what I can to make it happen.


Police force reform

1. Body cams to protect both the officer and citizen. However, we must use our collective influence as a council to push for state level reform because the law reads that if an officer feels fearful they can shoot and largely protects them.
2. Quarterly issue de-escalation and non-lethal force training.
3. Bi-annual implicit, unconscious, and cultural bias training.
4. CEU model for ongoing training
5. Improved intergovernmental communication and community oversight. Prioritization of equity. Just as with a homes equity, you have to put something into it to get something out of it. We have to put resources both monetary and non into the equity issues we have across the city.
5. Increase the number of non-lethal weapons to exceed the number of firearms.
6. Each precinct should have mandatory programming for citizens about the law for education. Launch a citywide 'Know your rights campaign'.
7. Re-implement city ordinance that officers have to live in the city they patrol. How? Current officers can be grandfathered in and each year we will incrementally increase the percentage of officers that have to live in city limits. This will increase accountability and improve community relations and trust.
8. Have officers become self-insured to increase accountability, reduce expenditures to pay off lawsuits, and therefore free up portions of the budget for other vital needs of the city to include paying for body cams, better non lethal equipment, etc.
9. More visibility to the positive work that our police force is doing such as award ceremonies. Presence at town halls and neighborhood meetings, active policing and neighborhood activism.
10. Continue to have community input on the advisory board for cases of negligence and inappropriate behavior. It must have "teeth". We can no longer support check the box committees that exist simply to give the appearance of valuing the voices of the community.
11. When an officer is accused of a crime, they should be suspended without pay until the investigation is complete at which time, they will receive their full back pay.
12. Fund a mobile crisis unit for mental health that is separate from our police force and staffed with trained professionals who can de-escalate and preserve life.
13. Commit to changing the charter as it is written as far as the relationship between the mayor choosing the chief and direct oversight.
14. Visual management board on the city website so that residents can keep the city leadership accountable to the measurable goals set forth to reform our police.


Keep Minneapolis ...

We cannot call ourselves a sanctuary if we are not willing to create it not just for immigrants and refugees but for our citizens as well.

With ever growing violence and intolerance in the world, it is important to me that we are a safe haven for our hard working immigrants, especially children. I will never build walls and will always break them down. Thankfully we live in a city that is on board with this philosophy and we can continue to work with the community to provide them with the tools and resources to be self sufficient, successful, and able to pursue the American dream. We need to ensure that our police force fully discontinues racial/cultural profiling and that we monitor the diversity data for arrests and address any matters that go over the threshold of tolerance, which should be zero.


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