Actually, the way it happened, Don Samuels kindly loaned his van to a neighbor who needed to move furniture, and I helped with the move, and (oh gee) one of the flyers was in the van. So I was all, like, score. This is my flyer, now, for blogging purposes.
I'm told Samuels has more than one flyer, but the flyer I obtained is current enough to be considered a Samuels flyer. It has more specific content than the flyers of Natalie Johnson-Lee and Lennie Chism COMBINED. What a shame I don't have flyers from Kenya McKnight and Roger Smithrud.
First and foremost, Don Samuels is a labor endorsed candidate and so his flyer says "Labor Endorsed" and has (oh gee!) a union print shop emblem. There's really no rule that says ONLY a labor endorsed candidate can get what's called a "union bug" on their flyer. Heck, anybody who orders stuff at a union print shop can request one of the emblems to appear on the flyer. So you have to wonder...
Why Natalie Johnson-Lee, who mentions being friendly to labor, can't be bothered with the nicities of using a union print shop? It makes more sense with Lennie Chism because his amatuerish junk appears to be produced on a color photocopier plus you have to wonder if his fast-talking entreprenuerial outlook is pro-union or just pro-Lennie.
Reading Don Samuels' flyer is a little bit of an education in some of the key events happening the last few years in North Minneapolis.
JOBS AND DEVELOPMENT:
# Broadway Plaza--a $70 million project that will jump start the revitalization of West Broadway.
# YWCA--the largest in the nation--will anchor the Plaza.
# Coloplast Headquarters--600 Northside jobs!
# University of Minnesota Urban Research Engagement and Outreach Center.
# Standard Heating--80 new jobs.
RENOVATION AND REVITALIZATION
# Revitalization of the North Regional Library
# YMCA--newly renovated and dedicated exclusively to our youth.
# Over $70 million directed to North Minneapolis to respond to the foreclosure crisis.
# Slumlords Accountability Program--revoking licenses of problem slumlords.
# West Broadway Alive--revitalizing North Minneapolis' Main Street
# Washington Boulevard Plan--making Washington Avenue into a grand, pedestrian friendly boulevard.
# 28 percent decrease in violent crimes and over 40 percent reduction in youth violence.
# 35 percent drop in homicide since 2006 and only five homicides citywide through June 2009.
# Authored anti-loitering ordinance to help remove drug dealers from our streets.
# Grocery Store Task Force--closed Big Stop, Uncle Bills and Wafanas, stores which together generated 2,500 calls to 911 per year.
# Helped steer the entire Police Technology Budget (over $1.3 million) to North Minneapolis.
# Acquired "shot spotter" with an integrated camera system--in these monitored areas, crime has fallen 63 percent.
(End of text from the back of the flyer)
(JNS editorial note: the flyer says "Uncle Bills" and "Wafanas." I prefer to use a possessive apostrophe with these names, however, I have seen the names written both ways in the mass media)
The front of the flyer features Don's message to his constituents, as follows:
Friends and Neighbors,
Collaboration and accessibility has been a guiding principal of my public service. Together we have sent the message tht the 5th Ward and its needs will not be ignored. As your Council Member I have built strong public/private partnerships that have brought significant resources to our community. Six years later, these collaborations are transforming our community, and we can see the positive changes in our neighborhoods.
I look forward to continuing to keep 5th Ward residents at the forefront of the City's agenda. With your support this election, I promise that I will continue to be a strong voice for us all.