Candidate for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-At-Large

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Why a Vote for Meg is a Value-Added Vote

  • She is passionate about Parks.
  • She has proven commitment.
  • She practices public service.
  • She jumps in with both feet.
  • She finds creative solutions.
  • She is a team player.
  • She sees the big picture.
  • She listens before she acts.

It’s time for Meg Forney as your Commissioner-At-Large of our Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board!

Not a single-issue, agenda-driven advocate but one who sees tremendous opportunities, not overwhelming problems

I have steadfastly worked on civic committees and projects because I am committed to the quality of life that defines this city.

Women Winning

womenwinning Candidate Endorsement Application

The mission of womenwinning is to encourage, promote, support, and elect pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office.

Name: Meg Forney
Office Sought: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioner-at-Large
District: City-wide
If you are currently in office, what office do you currently hold? Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-at-Large
Your Campaign Status: Incumbent
Party Affiliation: DFL

What experience qualifies you for this position?
I am a proven leader with a collaborative, bridge building track record. Not a single-issue, agenda-driven advocate but one who sees tremendous opportunities, not overwhelming problems. I have steadfastly worked on civic committees and projects because I am committed to the quality of life that defines this city.

What are your campaign strengths:
Incumbency. I have campaigned for MPRB Commissioner four times. I am a successful fundraiser for my campaigns. I have branded city-wide name recognition thanks to my 40 years as a Realtor and having served for 40 years as a parks advocate on many city-wide commissions including People for Parks (President, Vice & Treasurer, Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) (Mayoral Appointee) (Chair & Vice), Midtown Greenway Coalition Board Member, appointed to over a dozen MPRB Citizen Advisory Committees including SWLRT, Theo Wirth Beach (Appointed Chair), Above the Falls (Appointed Chair), League of Women Voters Minneapolis Board Member, Co-Chair of the Lake Harriet Bandstand Fundraising, Chair of the CUE Awards for 13 years.

What are your campaign’s biggest challenges:
Anti-incumbency movement – a local and national trend

Please provide a statement for our website, should you be endorsed (written in 3rd person):
Meg Forney is in her first term as a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-at-Large. The work she has done these past three years, has paved the way to take clear steps to reduce barriers to park access for all by, 1, expanding hours at neighborhood parks to provide safe havens for kids, 2, providing childcare opportunities at park events to encourage engagement and 3, promoting the awareness of free and reduced lunches and programming for kids and seniors. Meg’s persistent dedication to families, kids and all residents in bringing them closer to our parks by securing new parks, trails and play spaces along the banks of the Mississippi River for North and NorthEast Minneapolis as well as making connections into those communities. Meg continues to bring more voices to the table in the citizen engagement process, thereby, helping neighborhoods decide how to collaborate in designing their parks. To build a park system for future generations, Meg is proactively expanding public/not-for-profit partnerships to bring new funding in to maintain our parks, thus, limiting the burden on taxpayers, while ensuring open space for all residents. And, lastly, Meg’s steadfast commitment is to assure that the public interest is always protected. With womenwinning, together, we can continue to reduce barriers to park access and protect equitable funding for neighborhood parks to ensure families in our most vulnerable communities have quality parks for years to come.

Please write one to two sentences about why you are running (or serving) for office?:
Minneapolis Parks define the quality of life for all residents because the City of Minneapolis is a city in a park. Every resident is within six blocks of a park, yet, barriers for many still exist. I have steadfastly advocated for egalitarian access for all as a proven leader with strategic vision, who is building bridges to address critical issues by re-investing in green and open spaces for urban livability and ensuring financial sustainability.

Do you support comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education, including information about both abstinence and contraception?
Yes

Do you support initiatives to prevent unintended pregnancies such as the government subsidized family planning program and ensuring that emergency contraception is available to all women who want it?
Yes

Do you support a woman’s constitutionally protected right to obtain medically safe, legal and accessible abortion under standards set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade?:
Yes

Women’s Issues:

  • Advocate against Sex Trafficking. Parks should be safe havens for victims.
  • Provide free and reduced lunches and programming for kids and seniors.
  • Provide childcare opportunities at Park events to encourage full engagement of the community.
  • Career tracking women in park employment.