Alondra Cano has filed the required paperwork to appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot as a candidate for Ward 9 Minneapolis City Council. Cano is the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) endorsed candidate.
“I want to bring my proven experience as a community organizer and policy advocate to bring thousands of the voices of the people of the 9th ward to the City Hall decision-making table,” Cano said. “Our campaign is working around the clock to meet all of the people in our ward to talk about their ideas, issues, and concerns and how I will use my experience to fight for a better future for our community.”
A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Cano has devoted her career to social justice issues and has worked on building broad coalitions for federal immigration reform and access to higher education efforts by leading the Mn Dream Act and General College movements. Cano was a founding Board Member and associate director of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, and served on the Board of the Women’s Environmental Institute. A former aide to City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren, Cano is currently a senior communications specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools overseeing the multilingual division in the Office of Communications.
Cano hopes to succeed current Councilmember Gary Schiff. Schiff, who has represented the area since 2001, is not seeking reelection.
“Gary has been an effective City Council member for our Ward, and has been a great advocate on behalf of the GLBT and other communities in Minneapolis,” Cano said. “I thank him for all of his hard work and I am both honored and eager to keep building on his efforts. I look forward Gary’s mentorship and support to keep making ward 9 a community of opportunity for everyone.”
The demographic shifts in the 2010 census make Ward 9 among the most diverse areas of the city.
“I have the proven ability to advance the progressive voice of the ward and we are door knocking tirelessly to earn the support of voters in November,” Cano said.