Meet Barb

Barb was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 1997 to represent the Fourth Ward in the northwest corner of Minneapolis. She has served as President of the Minneapolis City Council since January of 2006. Barb serves on the Public Safety & Health, Executive and Zoning & Planning committees of the City Council.

She also serves on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, MEET Minneapolis, and the Mississippi Riverfront Partnership.

Barb is a registered nurse. Her background in health has spurred her support for health sector growth in Minneapolis.  She has a strong interest in parks due to her 18 years of service on the Metropolitan Parks & Open Space Commission.  She also served on the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Commission, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Barb was a founding member of the Victory Neighborhood Association (VINA) and was the Chair from 1994-1997. She is a former Girl Scout leader and community volunteer.

Barb and her husband Duane, an attorney, have 3 adult daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Barb has been endorsed by the following organizations:

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
DFL African American Caucus
Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council
Minneapolis DFL Party
Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82
Minneapolis Police Officers Federation
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
Stonewall DFL
Minneapolis Association of Area Realtors
Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus
Minneapolis Branch 9 of the National Association of Letter Carriers
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82
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Ward 4

Ward 4 is the northernmost ward in the city and is bordered to the West by Robbinsdale and Golden Valley, to North by Brooklyn Center and the East by the Mississippi River and Northeast Minneapolis. The ward is largely defined by its residential neighborhoods and its combined industrial and recreational riverfront. Victory Memorial Parkway and Theodore Wirth Parkway provide a significant green buffer along the ward’s northern and western edges.

Neighborhood Communities:
• Shingle Creek
• Lind-Bohanon
• Victory
• Webber-Camden
• Cleveland
• Folwell
• McKinley
• Jordan
• Willard-Hay

Ward 4 Polling Places