Robbinsdale City Council
Supports public transit
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 24, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
ROBBINSDALE — “From what I can tell, the majority of people want access to light rail and public transit,” says union member Aaron Wagner.
Wagner is running for Robbinsdale City Council, Ward 4, with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Ward 4 is located in the southeast corner of the city.
Wagner is challenging the 11-year incumbent and, in the primary, Wagner led the three-way race, beating the incumbent by 37 votes.
Wagner said he and his campaign team knocked on almost every door in the neighborhood before the primary. “We’re redoubling our efforts and still focusing on doorknocking,” he reports.
“When I talk to folks in the neighborhood, they don’t know who their council member is,” Wagner says. “No one has ever knocked on their door.”
If elected, Wagner says he plans to be active and visible in the neighborhood.
He also wants to see Robbinsdale follow other communities and adopt progressive policies like a $15 minimum wage, earned sick time, and family leave.
Wagner participated in candidate trainings offered by the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Union Member Candidate Program.
Working people need a voice in their local communities, Wagner believes, and “labor unions are one of the best ways to do that.”
Wagner works in the IT department of the Minnesota State Retirement System and is a member of Local 802 of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees. He said the job aligns with his values of public service and support of public sector labor unions.
Wagner also is a former member of what is now UFCW Local 663.
Wagner says he chose his home in Robbinsdale five years ago, attracted in part by the planned Blue Line light rail line. “I’m a big believer in public transit,” he says.