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Constituent Representation

Most people understand that Council Members are elected policymakers. But Council Members are, first and foremost, elected to represent their constituents—the residents of their wards. And while the policymaking function is predominate, representational duties performed by Council Members are equally important in helping residents solve problems, address challenges, and identify opportunities. As a consequence, constituent representation and service is a significant priority that encompasses a great deal of time for each Council Member and their staffs.

Casework—usually called constituent service—assures the Council Members maintain a direct line to their constituents. This enables them to keep track of issues and developments affecting their wards. Each Council Member employs a small staff to assist them in serving their constituents. These aides receive and respond to inquiries, requests for assistance or information, and complaints; facilitate communications with other local, regional, state, and national government agencies; and work with constituents to address and resolve problems.

Ward Office Directory

WardStaffPhone
Ward 1Shannon McDonough612-673-2003
Lisa Brock612-673-2201
Ward 2Robin Garwood612-673-3654
Nancy Olsen612-673-2202
Ward 3Heidi Ritchie612-673-3142
Zack Farley612-673-3126
Ward 4Jennifer White612-673-3313
Dawn Snow612-673-2204
Ward 5Sean Broom612-673-3198
Ger Yang612-673-2205
Ward 6Abdi Salah612-673-2206
Marcela Sotela612-673-3315
Ward 7Patrick Sadler612-673-3195
Ruth Weakly612-673-2207
Ward 8Andrea Jenkins612-673-3569
Deebaa Sirdar612-673-2208
Ward 9Aisha Gomez612-673-3196
Kelly Geistler612-673-7145
Ward 10Benjamin Somogyi612-673-3197
Matthew Crockett612-673-2210
Ward 11John Dybvig612-673-3314
Mary Petersen612-673-2211
Ward 12Ilhan Omar612-673-2378
Suzanne Murphy612-673-2212
Ward 13Emily Ziring612-673-3199
Ken Dahler612-673-2213

Get Involved

Good government depends on the involvement of informed residents, and the Council encourages public input to better reflect the needs and priorities of their wards and the community at-large. To learn more about how you can get involved and have your voice heard in the policy-making process.

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Last updated Feb 25, 2015