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About Ben

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT.  I AM DISAPPOINTED WE LOST, BUT PROUD OF THE HARD WORK WE PUT IN TO COME IN SECOND.  I WISH THE ANDREW JOHNSON CAMPAIGN THE BEST AND WILL SUPPORT CONTINUED PROGRESS IN WARD 12 AND IN MINNEAPOLIS. 

  • Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Married to Wife Deirdre Coleman
  • Live in Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood
  • Studied Law at Hamline University
  • Undergraduate Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin
  • Attorney in Private Practice
  • Own and Operate “ALE Training”, a Hospitality Consulting Business


More about my campaign:

I live in the Ericsson neighborhood of Ward 12 with my wife Deirdre. We utilize the neighborhood’s many great qualities such as the businesses, trails, waterways and rails. We intend to raise a family in the neighborhood and also take advantage of the public school system in which I was educated. I am motivated to run for City Council to ensure that we continue the progress our Ward is already enjoying in many areas, but that we do it within the means of a reasonable budget. I believe the role of City government is to provide essential services but that those services do not include utilities such as gas and electricity. I am against any effort to establish a City-run utility in that regard and would oppose this as a Councilmember.

I own and operate a small business out of my home that provides consulting services to the Minnesota restaurant industry. A number of my clients are in Ward 12. I am also an attorney and have a practice here in the Twin Cities. I intend to use my experience resolving tough disputes as an attorney in my work as a city councilmember, if elected. I have a law degree and an undergraduate degree in environmental studies.

Although I see the position of a council member as non-partisan, I am running as a moderate DFL candidate and believe I am the best candidate to resolve partisan issues by establishing relationships, advocate for job growth, and promote local environmental quality by working with the Park Board and fostering advances in our public schools by working with the School Board. I intend to listen closely to what the Ward wants and needs and to deliver results to the very best of my ability.

This job is not about my agenda, it is about what is best for the Ward and its residents. Please support me in November!

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

State Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Mental Commitment Panel Advisory Board, Board Member

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Member

Big Sandy Lake Association, Board Member

Minnesota Collaborative Law Institute, Past Board Member

Personally:

In my spare time, I like to run, bike, fish, camp, work in the garage on cars and other projects, and spend time with my wife, friends, and family.  I really like spending time on the water-winter and summer!