“A livable community is one where all members are valued, with their rights respected. Where we affirm children and ensure that they have stable homes and secure childhoods. Where workers are treated with dignity and paid fairly. Where we welcome newcomers. Where those of us who struggle are given access to the resources and the support we need. Where people are able to create whole lives in safe settings. Where we come together to reach for common goals. Where we protect our environment. Where we provide for the common good, and seize opportunities to improve the quality of life for all of us.” – Jim Davnie

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Jim has lived in south Minneapolis for 20 years. He lives in the Cooper neighborhood with his wife, Cara Letofsky and their daughter. They are expecting their second child in October.

He has taught middle-school and high-school social studies for 13 years. 

In the community, he served for four years on the Seward Neighborhood Group board. He has chaired the groupâs Community Building Committee and its Community Oriented Policing Task Force. As a neighborhood representative on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Community Advisory Committee, Jim worked to make sure the future LRT line meets the needs of our neighborhoods.


  • Elected 2000
  • Committee assignments: Education Policy, K-12 Education Finance, Local Government and Metropolitain Affairs 


  • Minneapolis Police Accountability Coalition member
  • Seward Neighborhood Group Board member
  • Hiawatha LRT Community Advisory Committee member
  • Seward Community Oriented Policing Taskforce chair
  • Seward Community Building Committee chair


  • Education MinnesotaöBuffalo president
  • Minnesota Federation of Teachersâ COPE chair
  • Education Minnesota PAC Board vice chair
  • Education Minnesota Governing Board member