Advocacy Report – August 2020
August 25, 2020
Minnesota’s Primary was held on Tuesday, August 11. As of July 2020, the count of eligible voters was just over 4 million, with 3.4 million Minnesotans registered to vote. Of those 3.4 million registered voters, 912,714 voted—approximately 26.8%.
Many local offices including mayor, city council, and county commissioner are critical to real estate professionals’ interests. While federal and state offices are usually in the front of voters’ minds, there are many important races that will impact our lives just as much in our own community. Be sure to research who is running in your city and county!
Why is it so important for REALTORS® to vote? REALTORS® have the opportunity to have a strong voice in many meaningful races. SPAAR and the National Association of REALTORS® encourage all members to use their voices and their votes to support candidates and issues that build strong communities, protect property interests, and promote a vibrant business environment at the local, state, and national levels.
With 76 short days until the election, be sure to check out the SPAAR Voter Guide for information including registration status, polling locations, special COVID-19 precautions, and any other material you may need.
Contact your friends, family, and coworkers to make sure they’re all registered to vote. You can even see how many REALTORS® are registered in SPAAR’s territory here. Ensure that you have a safe, quick, and secure voting plan, especially if you are planning to vote by mail. On November 3rd, vote for yourself, your business, and your industry. It is your choice and your voice, so use it!
South Metro News
- Four Dakota County programs that improve the quality of life for residents, make the community healthier and save taxpayer money have received national recognition.
- Follow these tips for safety and compliance for your accessory structure in Apple Valley.
North Metro News
- The Anoka County Transit Study is identifying and evaluating the transit needs of residents throughout the county.
- The Spring Lake Park City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new residential home rental properties.
East Metro News
- The Saint Paul Tenant Protections Implementation Committee (TPIC) will function as an ad hoc committee convened to support outreach, education and engagement related to the implementation of S.A.F.E. Housing Saint Paul.
- The Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a proposed 15-mile transit route with stops between Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and downtown White Bear Lake.
- The Hillcrest Master Plan will determine future land uses and a new street network for the 112-acre former golf course on Saint Paul’s East Side.
West Metro News
- The Minneapolis Area Realtors (MAR) found there was no significant change in the Minneapolis housing market compared to surrounding cities following the death of George Floyd on May 25, the ensuing riots, and the police reform movement.
State and National News
- Teresa Boardman, one of SPAAR’s members, put together many helpful voting tips, which include planning ahead and checking local and state websites for information.
- The 2020 Census collection is occurring until September 30, 2020. The census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the 2020 census means more resources for businesses and communities across the country.
- Fostering equality in the real estate industry: six action steps you can take to start practicing inclusion and making positive changes toward eliminating discrimination.
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