In mid-December 2020, Michael Rainville, Sr. announced he is running for Third Ward City Council. The Northeaster’s full article appears in archives at: https://www.mynortheaster.com/wp-content/news-archives/201216Northeaster/#page=1 (Dec. 16 edition)
Rainville has roots in Northeast and work experience in downtown. His issues are social justice and public safety, also getting the hospitality industry back to work at its thousands of jobs.
A volunteer at many levels in the community, Rainville has brought various deals together as well as contributing to events and community/police relationships.
He has criticized the current occupant for not listening to constituents, and says he will bring respect and a common sense voice to City Hall.
Readers may ask why we’re covering the ward races before candidates even need to formally file as candidates. Simply, the virtual DFL caucus process (all candidates featured are Democrats), the first step toward choosing city candidates, is underway through April 30. For info, go to caucus.dfl.org or minneapolisdfl.org.
Several neighborhoods have joined to offer a Ward 3 candidate forum Monday, May 10, 7 p.m. moderated by the League of Women Voters. It will be held virtually; see page 9.
The Nov. 2 ballot includes election for mayor, all 13 city council seats, the Board of Estimate and Taxation (both incumbents not running again), our park district and at-large seats, plus possible charter amendments.