Two Minneapolis City Council candidates in 12th Ward confront old issues

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 11:41 PM

The leading Ward 12 contenders, both DFLers, are among a field of five vying for an open City Council seat in south Minneapolis.

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mattaudioOct. 18, 1310:38 PM

I don't know Ben so I can't speak about him, but I've been able to get to know Andrew Johnson as I'm currently a candidate in Ward 11 right next door. I think it's courageous that people like Ben and Andrew acknowledge their past, learn from it, and become stronger as a result. I am also of the same generation as Andrew Johnson, growing up in the era of the Internet and cell phones. I also struggled with depression many years ago, and I think it would be unfortunate if the stigma of mental illness in someone's past became an angle of political attack. I know I'm a stronger person for my past, and I won't hide who I am and how I got here. If Andrew is the same way, I think that's a sign of character.

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donm251Oct. 18, 1310:38 PM

One is fiscally irresponsible and the other is morally irresponsible. There has to be somebody with some education and responsibility.

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wilbeauxOct. 18, 1310:49 PM

This is inappropriate journalism at its finest. Exploiting a teenager's depression only reinforces to other teens that they should feel ashamed and not talk about their feelings. As a gay teenager, I suffered alone in the closet, being sent around to ex-gay therapies for years. If I had read something like this as a teenager, it would have only validated my feelings of lack of worth and would have caused me to act on thoughts of self damage. The real issue is completely avoided, depression in teenagers. We need to acknowledge these very real issues and do our part for our youth, not hit them over the head with the cruelty the world still holds for people with mental health issues.

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mavsvoteno12Oct. 18, 1311:16 PM

Interesting how one candidate was dealing with depression as a minor and the other was a responsible adult running a business and incapable with being fiscally responsible. Since when did we start comparing apples to oranges? Teen Depression ≠ Financial Irresponsibility

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refurnishOct. 18, 1311:35 PM

I regret Sandy Colvin Roy is not running for reelection. Perhaps, due to campaign tactics by Andrew Johnson, who now claims he is under control

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cartoonconnOct. 18, 1311:53 PM

This is the best the 12 th ward can do? Ouch.

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georgepaulOct. 19, 1312:11 AM

What on earth does teenage depression have to do with a candidate's qualifications?! Shame on the StarTribune for this vile, tasteless article.

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jbpaperOct. 19, 13 8:07 AM

It would have been nice if Mr Roper could have provided some more info on the other three candidates.

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billybillyOct. 19, 13 9:29 AM

"There has to be somebody with some education and responsibility." ..............Colvin Roy supposedly had both, and she voted for a tax giveaway to a crook. What's your point?

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tomjamesjdOct. 19, 1311:56 AM

I have more confidence in people who have made mistakes -- even serious ones -- yet demonstrate a capacity to learn, grow and change, than in those who pretend to have been faultless from birth. As a voter, I'm more interested in the candidates' positions on issues, not what they did during their rebellious teenager phase.

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