Lisa Goodman

Minneapolis City Council

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Lisa Goodman has been a player in Minneapolis politics, an often low-key power center in municipal leadership, known for her deep knowledge of housing issues and pragmatic, constituent-oriented approach to governance. Soon to be the longest-tenured councilmember in city history, Goodman now finds herself rather marginalized by the cadre of progressives and quasi-socialists who dominate the body. A confidante of Mayor Jacob Frey, in 2020 she will need to decide whether to run for another term. Her calculus will inevitably be whether that term will on the back benches representing south downtown and CIDNA/Kenwood/East Isles or whether the city’s ideological pendulum will swing back, allowing her greater influence.