Bloomington City Council
Lona Dallessandro: Committed to working families
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review
October 21, 2023
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON — “The process of running a municipal government is complex… It’s for good reasons,” says Lona Dallessandro. Unlike her experience in the business world, she finds local government to be cautious and slow, in part for reasons of transparency and in part to be a good steward of the public’s tax dollars. “It’s important for the public to know these things are in their best interest.”
Lona Dallessandro is running for a second term to represent Bloomington’s District III on the city council. Like her first race, she’s running again with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Her other labor endorsements include AFSCME Council 5, IBEW Local 292, the Laborers district council, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, and UNITE HERE Local 17.
‘Housing has to be a part of what we do because it’s such a crisis in the state.’
In her first term, Dallessandro says she helped to “get the ball rolling” on city initiatives including the new parks master plan, a traffic calming management plan and bike trail improvements. “This time four years from now we will have made a lot of progress,” she says.
She’s excited for the next four years, too, about the consolidation of city functions to create a natural resources management office and also a small business center. “We’re going to see a lot more coordinated effort to improve our outcomes for people here.”
“Housing has to be part of what we do because it’s such a crisis in the state,” Dallessandro adds.
“As a city council member, I find it incredibly important — number one — and incredibly inspirational to have a large [number] of working families represented by unions in this area,” she says. “I’m committed to working on their behalf.”
Dallessandro recently joined with the Carpenters union to be a city leader for a new coalition to combat wage theft.
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