Coordinated a state-wide initiative to mitigate the impact of COVID-19; connected people to resources; and supported testing centers, including one here in Brooklyn Park.
Voted to hire an outside research firm to evaluate policing, community safety, and violence prevention.
Enacted policy that transitioned the Brooklyn Park Fire Department from volunteer part-time to full-time firefighters.
Fast-tracked the disbursement of over $3 million in CARES funds to address rental assistance, provide mortgage support, the second round of funds for small businesses, and maintain the capacity for local grassroots organizations.
Voted for the repairs and construction of additional miles of pedestrian and bike trails around the city with connectivity to the Three Rivers Park system.
Voted to purchase a building for a business incubation center to support small and micro enterprises.
Developed a comprehensive immigration strategy with the help of Congressional, states, cities, national organizations, and local advocacy partnerships that culminated in the passage in Congress of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act that provided relief to 10,000 Liberian DED holders and supported TPS extension for citizens of Haiti, South Sudan, Somalis, Yemenis, Haitians, and Hondurans immigrants.
Supported policies to improve living conditions and housing for all residents and worked with both property owners and residents to improve housing and keep it affordable in the city.
Supported the redevelopment of three parks – Hartkopf, Lakeland, and Norwood. The parks have new playground equipment, loop walking trails with solar lights, and multipurpose athletic fields.
Partnered with Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota’s largest food bank, to secure $18 million to open a new facility in Brooklyn Park.
Provided money to the West African & Family Center to purchase and distribute African and other ethnic food items at its local food shelf.
Voted to support the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota to purchase and distribute ethnic foods to community members struggling to put food on their tables during COVID-19.
As chair of the NW Minneapolis Tourism Board, I proposed and voted to give IgboFest’s planners $5,000 to support the hosting of its annual event in Brooklyn Park.
Hosted a grant writing workshop to build the capacity of community nonprofits and residents to receive city, county, state, and federal funds.

My Background

I have served in this community for 20 years. Most recently, I served as a Brooklyn Park City Council Member. That experience coupled with my community work and life experience make me the most qualified candidate in this race.
I am a public health practitioner with master’s degrees in health and public policy. A few of my accomplishments include serving on the Brooklyn Park Planning Commission, Human Rights Commission, Joint Airport Zoning Board, Brooklyn Park Lions, Hennepin County Library Board, Tourism Board, and founding ACER, a community-based organization, and recently managing a statewide COVID-19 response and recovery program and played an essential role in working toward a path to citizenship for Liberians on DED in the United States. I have been a part of creating and implementing policies that strengthen union positions, supports workers and their families, and provides tools for successful small businesses.

I’ve helped to create over 1000 new jobs in our district with livable wages. We grew our tax base with commercial development and reduced our resident’s tax burden and attained millions of dollars in state and federal funds for transportation, small business growth, and infrastructure investment.

There has been Increased diversity of our housing stock, with naturally occurring affordable housing, and new developments of senior housing.

I’ve worked hard to Improve community and police relations and create safer neighborhoods.
Supported youth programming and expanded access to youth sports and activities. During my tenure on the City Council, our parks have been revitalized with increased trails and connectivity, leveraging outside funding and grants to invest in our park system.

Thank you for your financial support. Our campaign is focused on improving life in Brooklyn Park and Osseo. We
want to govern fairly, honestly and correctly. With your support, we can bring our value to MN House, District 38A

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Friends of Wynfred Russell
 6309 84th Court North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

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