WomenWinning Pipeline Committee Candidate Questionnaire
NAME: Meg Forney
ADDRESS: 3201 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
Home phone: 612-926-7707
Mobile phone: 612-926-7707
- State Registration Number:
- Campaign Committee Name: Meg Forney for Parks
- Campaign Manager Name: Meg Forney
- Campaign Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Campaign Treasurer Name: Jack Thompson
- Campaign Address: 3201 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
- Campaign Website: megforney.org
- Campaign Email: email@example.com
- Campaign Phone: 612-926-7707
- Office Sought: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-At-Large
- District (include geographic location and city or town): Minneapolis
- May womenwinning publicize your name as a supported candidate: Yes
– Application is for: Campaign Finance
- Have you received support from womenwinning in the past: Yes
Park Board Commissioner-At-Large 2005, 2001
Park Board District 6 2009
- How did you hear about womenwinning: been endorsed by you before
- Current Funding Request from womenwinning: 500
- Your Status: Open Seat
- Party Affiliation: DFL
Election Date Details:
- Primary Election Date: none
- General Election Date: 11/5/2013
- Party Nominating Convention Date:last May
- Amount raised this election cycle to date: 3000
- Current Cash on Hand: 2100
- Total Fundraising Goal: 15000
- How much can you receive from womenwinning (limit for office sought) this election year: 500
- How much can you receive from womenwinning (limit for office sought) in off years: 100
1. Comprehensive Sex Ed
Do you support comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate sexuality education, including information about both abstinence and contraception?: Yes
2. Family Planning / Access to Contraception
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
Relevant electoral experience (running for, and serving in elected office):
I have run three times for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – twice for Commissioner-At-Large and once for District 6 Commissioner. I have been a strong candidate – losing by less than 1%. I have been endorsed by the Star Tribune, labor and DFL Feminist Caucus as well as womenwinning. Members of my campaign committees have been a combination of tried and true fellow activists as well as skilled strategists. I have been a consistent successful fundraiser with a supportive base that has broadened.
Diana Nyad at age 64, after 4 attempts, swam the Florida Straits. She credits the use of technology to overcome the barriers but the number one reason she succeeded was her commitment. She had the ability on her first attempt but her commitment and dedication made her successful this time.
"I got three messages," an exhausted and happy Nyad told reporters. Her face was sunburned and swollen.
"One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team," she said.
I am also 64 years old, I am committed and I have surrounded myself with the right technological committee to eliminate the barriers to win. My ability is proven with my 35 year successful track record of advocating for the built and natural environment of Minneapolis: this
defines this city’s quality of life.
Other Relevant Experience:
35+ Years of Committed Leadership Advocating for the Built and Natural Environment:
- Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Metropolitan Council Citizen Advisory
Committee (CAC), West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC) Appointee, since 2011
- SWLRT Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) CAC, WCNC Appointee, 2010-2012
- North Lake Calhoun/South Lake of the Isles MPRB Charrette, WCNC Appointee, 2012
- League of Women Voters Minneapolis, Board Member, Development & Membership, since 2010
- The Edge, West Calhoun Business Association, Co-Chair since 2011
- West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC), Board Member since 2010 & 1995-2003
- Above the Falls Citizens Advisory Committee (AFCAC) South Minneapolis Alternate/Representative, since 2003
- MPRB CAC Appointee/Chair Multiple Projects since 1990
- Midtown Greenway Coalition, Board Member, 1997-2000
- Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) Mayoral Appointed Board Member/Chair/ CUE Awards Chair, 1991-2004
- WESAC Girls Soccer Coach, 1986-1989
- Lake Harriet Bandstand Fundraising Co-Chair, 1983-1985
- People for Parks Chair/Treasurer/Editor, 1989-1999
- The East Calhoun News Co-Editor, Layout Editor, 1979-1989
- East Calhoun Community Organization Board Member/Treasurer, 1977-1979
- Minneapolis Rowing Club, Rower since 2010, Former Runner & Triathlete
- Realtor, Coldwell Banker since 1978
I also have a supportive husband and a large network of supportive and enthusiastic friends and family.
Do you expect a serious challenge in this election? List opponents and relevant
background on each:
There are three Commissioner-At-Large seats. There are ten candidates. Two candidates are incumbents. Two are DFL endorsed. Two other candidates have run in district only. For the remainder, this is their first time running. I know I am one of the top four candidates. Four years ago with ranked choice voting, one incumbent won and the other two did not and the same was true with the DFL endorsed candidates – one won and two lost. The ranking and counting is a wild card with voters ranking their choice for three spots but really only having one vote for all three spots. Last time the number one vote getter was neither an incumbent nor DFL endorsed.
What organizations and leaders have endorsed your campaign:
Mayoral candidates and council member candidates as well as neighborhood leaders throughout the city
Endorsements from two PACs pending
What are your campaign strengths:
I have run city wide before and lost within 1%. I have already established name recognition and infrastructure to run a city-wide campaign. I am appointed to a committee that is currently in the news prominently – the Metropolitan SW LRT Citizen Advisory Committee. My long committed history to the built and natural environment has given me broad name recognition.
What are your campaign’s biggest challenges:
Keeping my name out there consistently through the rest of the campaign with the challenge of ranked choice to be the number one ranked candidate.
Please discuss your fundraising strategy:
Outreach to former supporters and new future constituents
4. Women’s Equality
In the ’70’s, I was a part of the National YWCA convention that made their imperative: “the elimination of racism and empowerment of women.” I have been an advocate for Planned Parenthood for many decades. For the past 4 years, I have served on the League of Women Voters Minneapolis Board of Directors.
5. Women’s Issues
- Advocate for a more representative face to our staff, especially women of color.
- Advocate for anti-bullying in our recreational programming.
MEG FORNEY, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner-At-Large
My park related experience of 35 years evolved from grassroots efforts to broad city advisory committees to build bridges through new frontiers of this city like Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee as the South Representive, to an original board member of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, to now serving as a Representative to the Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit Citizen Advisory Committee. I have been a successful member of each effort in advocating for our open spaces that define Minneapolis’s quality of life for egalitarian access, void of man-made, cultural, economic, social and political barriers. Equity in our city is critical for it to grow and all to prosper.
I am the only candidate that has been appointed to over a half a dozen Park Board Citizen Advisory Committees as well as chairing 2 of these. I have steadfastly worked on these committees and projects because I am committed to the quality of life that defines this city