Open Letter from Michael Katch to Minneapolis Ward Three

In 1983, I was the seventh youngest member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  In September of that year, I was hit in the head with a moving semi-trailer truck.  It took years for me to recover from the mild-to-moderate Traumatic Brain Injury.  Actually, it took years for me to even get a diagnosis of axonal shear.  In the meantime, I learned how to exist with a disability, which did not disappear as I raised my daughter, and I have experienced the ins and outs of disability and its so-called benefits.

I have heard through the grapevine that Lisa Goodman has questioned my fitness to sit on the City Council based on my 30 year old injury.  In the past fifteen years, I have worked with the state legislature to write the Small Passenger Section of the 1999 Transportation Omnibus Bill, and testified before many government bodies on many issues impacting my neighbors.  I sat on the Minneapolis Schools’ Citizen Budget Advisory Committee for 5 years, and ran a family business with my wife.

I think I have what it takes to serve on the Minneapolis City Council.  If any Ward Three voter has questions about my head injury or my fitness to serve, please call me at my campaign headquarters at 612/250-3910.  I would be happy to talk with you.  If I do not receive any calls on this topic, I will expect the comments from the peanut gallery, especially including elected officials, to cease forthwith.

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