I lived in Moorhead, Minnesota while attending classes at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition to academics and campus life, I also ran for mayor.
In 2001 I ran for Moorhead City mayor, one of five candidates, and I came in fourth place. While it was a nonpartisan election, I had left the Libertarian Party and identified as an
Independent with a civil libertarian streak.
My main platform was; (1) get students, the poor, minorities and the LGBTQ community more involved in the political process, (2) give the Moorhead Human Rights Commission more authority to enforce civil rights rules and (3) fight for more affordable housing.
Technically, I was probably the first Jewish and openly LGBTQ candidate to seek the Moorhead mayoral office. Perhaps even the first college student. My religion and my sexual orientation did not come
up during the campaign. This was probably because of the following reasons.
One of the disappointing aspects of my campaign (besides losing) was the fact that the local LGBTQ leadership refused to endorse my campaign. I talked about this a bit more
here. Oh, well.
Incidently, The guy that won the 2001 mayoral election -- Mark Voxland -- is a hard-working, decent guy and a straight ally (supports the LGBTQ community).
Last, but not least, a friend of mine named, Kevin R. Shores was one of other, unsuccessful candidates for mayor and was probably the first native American to run for
Moorhead city mayor. We met while I was a student and he was very helpful in running MSUM NORML. He ran for Moorhead mayor a
second, maybe a third time. More recently, he ran (unsuccessfully) to be the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party Congressional candidate in the 7th
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