Advocacy Report – September 2020

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Advocacy Report – September 2020

September 2020

Every election cycle, SPAAR goes through a candidate endorsement process. Despite the chaotic nature of 2020, this year was no exception. The process began with a questionnaire that the SPAAR Advocacy Team put together and sent out to candidates for County Commissioner, Mayor, and City Council positions in SPAAR’s territory.


This questionnaire had a variety of questions, asking candidates about whether they have any REALTOR® support, their fundraising status, and their opinions on issues like point-of-sale inspections.


Nearly 80 candidates responded in some form or fashion to our questionnaire. The Advocacy Team determined, after review of each candidate’s submission, that 30 candidates were worth bringing in for a 20-minute interview with SPAAR members and staff. These interviews were conducted via Zoom during the afternoons of Sept. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. During the interviews, SPAAR members and staff questioned the candidates about their qualifications, their reasons for running for office, and of course, real estate industry and property rights related questions. At the end of each interview, the group would deliberate about the candidate and determine which would receive SPAAR’s endorsement.


With 48 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. 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

North Metro News

  • The public is invited to participate in a virtual open house through Monday, September 28, to learn more about proposed designs for the future of Highway 65 in Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Ham Lake.
  • The property at 910 County Road E will soon become an affordable rental home as a part of Shoreview’s ongoing effort to expand affordable housing options throughout the city.

East Metro News

  • The St. Paul Port Authority has big plans to build a community on the site of the former Hillcrest Golf Course on city’s East Side.
  • St. Paul poised to redraw residential zoning rules near major public transit. The goal is more housing density and fewer parking requirements near major public transit corridors.
  • Woodbury has two loan programs: the “Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund” and the “First-time Homeownership Program”, meant to increase investment and homeownership in the city.

West Metro News

  • More than 40 landlords are suing the city of Minneapolis over a newly enacted tenant protections ordinance that limits what landlords may consider when screening prospective renters.
  • South Minneapolis beautification attempts to draw business to area damaged during the riots

State and National News

  • National Association of REALTORS® President Vince Malta issued a statement in response to the White House’s eviction moratorium executive order.
  • 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.

Member Updates

If you have an issue in your community that needs the attention of REALTORS®, please reach out to Vice President of Advocacy & Community Engagement Joe McKinley or Government Affairs Directors, Simon Opatz or Becky Wegscheid.


The work of the REALTOR® Party relies on your investment in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC.)


Click here to learn about RPAC’s non-partisan advocacy for homeowners and the real estate industry.



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