My name is Bob Fine and I’m looking forward to serving you as the next mayor of Minneapolis. I’ve never been a full-time politician nor am I interested in advancing a political career. I’m running for mayor simply because I believe that I have the best combination of skills to move our city forward, and I know I can work together with the citizens of Minneapolis to achieve great things. This campaign is a grassroots effort supported by the many individuals and families who I’ve formed relationships with throughout my decades of volunteer work and public service. In this election, I have not sought help through special interests, but instead have spent time going door-to-door in order to learn more about the concerns and hopes of residents in all parts of the city.
I have spent my entire life here and have served the city in many capacities, both elected and appointed. This includes, most notably, the Park Board, Civil Rights Commission, Zoning Board, and Board of Estimate and Taxation. My strong and competent leadership in public service, as well as my expertise in areas including law and real estate, are the reasons why voters have elected me into office for the last four consecutive city elections. I’m also the only mayoral candidate in this election who has been elected to citywide office.
Having had the privilege of serving as Minneapolis Park Commissioner for the last 16 years, I have played a major role in shaping and expanding our great park system, which was recently named the best in the country. The Park Board has consistently authorized substantially smaller tax increases than the city, and for the third time, I have proposed no tax increase for the upcoming year. Think about that: We have the top urban park system in the nation and we’ve done it by increasing operating efficiencies and non-tax revenue sources instead of your taxes! Even in tight financial times, I was able to help find ways to balance budgets and still protect our community assets.
We already provide the best park system and now we need to make our city more attractive for businesses, jobs, and residents. Just as I have helped our park system to grow and thrive, I will help Minneapolis become more vibrant, safe, and a place where businesses, both small and large, can flourish. I could have taken the easier route and tried to get re-elected for my Park Board seat after I was endorsed for it by the DFL in June. However, I decided that the issues our city is facing right now are too important and I want to be part of the solution. We need a proven leader with results who can ensure that our whole city and its citizens will prosper. That’s why I’m putting all of my energy towards becoming the next Mayor of Minneapolis. I hope you will support my candidacy and will vote Fine for Mayor on November 5th! Thank you.
Listen to Bob’s strong performance from
the recent Minnesota Public Radio debate
Read Bob’s final statement to voters here.
Bob’s commitment to helping our children become
better citizens has been demonstrated by the countless
number of youngsters to whom he has taught the values
of perseverance, dedication, and a team-first approach
over four decades of continuous volunteer coaching.