From the Minnesota Daily:
A redistricting map recently submitted to the Minneapolis Charter Commission is drawing concern from members of the Minnesota Green Party.
The Citizens Committee for Fair Redistricting, a group which represents immigrants from Somalia and East Africa, drew the map which would move Minneapolis city Councilman Cam Gordon — the only Green Party member on the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-dominated 13-member City Council — into ward 9 forcing him to face-off against fellow Councilman Gary Schiff in the 2013 elections…
Dave Bicking, a spokesman for the Green Party said he doesn’t question the committee’s motive for drawing the map but is concerned that the DFL is supporting the map in an attempt to remove Gordon, who represents the University of Minnesota area, from the Council…
Besides the Charter Commission, the map was also sent to several DFL members including DFL chairman Ken Martin. Sen. Kari Dziedzic and Rep. Phyllis Kahn, both Minneapolis DFLers, sent a letter to Clegg supporting the plan last week.
“We have reasons not to trust the goodwill of the DFL,” said Bicking, who ran for city council against Schiff in 2009. “It’s the DFL that is primarily trying to keep the Green Party off the ballot.”
Bicking pointed to the 2005 City Council elections when two Green Party councilmembers, Natalie Johnson Lee and Dean Zimmerman, were redistricted to other wards and lost to incumbent DFL candidates.