How to Have Your Voice Heard

The Minneapolis City Council welcomes public participation in the local decision-making process. In fact, by participating in government processes, you are making an important difference—because you are alerting your elected officials that you are watching, and they are accountable.

Still, every constituent and every type of advocacy group, association, nonprofit organization, and corporation and business interest are competing for the time and attention of elected officials. Elected officials have a limited amount of time, energy, and resources to expend on issues. Therefore, it is important to understand the best ways of connecting with your Council Member and how to best advocate for your issue or position.

There are several ways your voice can be heard; use the links below for more information. See also Tips for Effective Communications for helpful recommendations on connecting with your Council Member.

In Person

Council Members make time to meet with their constituents. But, their time is limited—so be prepared and make the most of the time you have. For the most part, ward offices maintain public hours at City Hall between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, not including holidays. Many Council Members keep “open hours” in their ward in order to meet and interact with constituents. It is always helpful (and a good strategy) to confirm an appointment in advance.

Contact the ward office to schedule an appointment.

WardCouncil MemberPhone
1Kevin Reich(612) 673-2201
2Cam Gordon(612) 673-2202
3Jacob Frey(612) 673-2203
4Barbara A. Johnson(612) 673-2204
5Blong Yang(612) 673-2205
6Abdi Warsame(612) 673-2206
7Lisa Goodman(612) 673-2207
8Elizabeth Glidden(612) 673-2208
9Alondra Cano(612) 673-2209
10Lisa Bender(612) 673-2210
11John Quincy(612) 673-2211
12Andrew Johnson(612) 673-2212
13Linea Palmisano(612) 673-2213

By Phone

Ward office keep tally sheets on policy proposals, controversial topics, and other matters that are then provided to the Council Member. Aides generally lump calls into “pro” and “con” categories, giving their Council Member an instant poll on a particular topic.

Keep these tips in mind for effective phone contacts.

  • DO indicate if you are a constituent of the Council Member early in the conversation. Also, if you are part of an association or organization, be sure to pass that along as well.
  • DO indicate the specific proposal or subject matter that prompts your call. Don’t make staffers guess.
  • DO provide a mailing address or an email where you may be contacted, in case there is any follow-up.
  • DO be polite. You have the right to express your position and preferences on issues; you do not have the right to harass or intimidate staffers.
WardCouncil MemberPhone
1Kevin Reich(612) 673-2201
2Cam Gordon(612) 673-2202
3Jacob Frey(612) 673-2203
4Barbara A. Johnson(612) 673-2204
5Blong Yang(612) 673-2205
6Abdi Warsame(612) 673-2206
7Lisa Goodman(612) 673-2207
8Elizabeth Glidden(612) 673-2208
9Alondra Cano(612) 673-2209
10Lisa Bender(612) 673-2210
11John Quincy(612) 673-2211
12Andrew Johnson(612) 673-2212
13Linea Palmisano(612) 673-2213

By Mail

Council Members and their staffers use constituent correspondence to gauge public opinion on various policy proposals and events within their wards.

For convenience, you may download mailing labels (pdf) for Minneapolis elected officials.

Correspondence which pertains to matters pending before the City Council or one (or more) of its Standing Committees, and which you want to be included in the public record of that matter, can be mailed to the individual Council Member at:

Council Member ______________
City Hall, Room 307
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Alternatively, correspondence about proposals that should be included in the public record may be sent directly to a particular Standing Committee at:

Minneapolis City Council
c/o: Office of City Clerk
City Hall, Room 304
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
ATTN: Committee name or topic matter
 

By Email

You can email all Council Members with one simple group email address:

citycouncilmembers@minneapolismn.gov

Or, you can email individual Council Members using their e-mail or contact forms.

WardContact Council Member
1Kevin Reich
2Cam Gordon
3Jacob Frey
4Barbara A. Johnson
5Blong Yang
6Abdi Warsame
7Lisa Goodman
8Elizabeth Glidden
9Alondra Cano
10Lisa Bender
11John Quincy
12Andrew Johnson
13Linea Palmisano

By Fax

Communications can be faxed to Council Members at (612) 673-3940.

Be sure to address your faxed communications to “All Council Members” or to the specific Council Member (by name).

Last updated Jan 24, 2014