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Looking ahead to 2021 metro reporting

Be it a federal contest or a suburban City Council race, I believe an indispensable ingredient of a healthy democracy is honest, fair, fact-based journalism.

The 2020 election, with its heated presidential race and contentious down-ballot contests, is behind us. I’m sure you’re well aware of this. Perhaps you’re luxuriating in it.

Solomon Gustavo
Solomon Gustavo
But another highly anticipated and hotly contested campaign season is about to begin in the Twin Cities. Next year, Minneapolis will have citywide elections that include the mayor and all 13 seats on the City Council. It will be the first citywide election since the death of George Floyd at the hands of city police, and the first since a group of Minneapolis council members gathered at Powderhorn Park in June to declare their intention to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department.

The political ramifications from those events have already been felt by politicians in other cities — and in other races for public office — but the 2021 elections will be the first glimpse into how they could impact Minneapolis politics for years to come. And my goal is to be all over it, reporting developments as they unfold, dispensing updates, explainers and everything in between.

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