Voters across Minnesota took to the polls Tuesday for municipal elections ranging from city council to school board.
All 13 City Council seats in Minneapolis, and all 7 City Council seats in St. Paul were up for grabs. Four of seven seats were up for election on the St. Paul School Board.
In other parts of the state, St. Louis Park residents elected the state’s first Somali American mayor, Golden Valley voters chose between two mayoral candidates, and in Duluth, a drug and alcohol counselor who just had her right to vote restored this year after run-ins with the law lost her bid for City Council.
Sahan Journal had live updates our blog throughout the election night. Read updates from candidates’ election night parties, and poll results from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.
Only one other Somali mayor had been identified in the United States in the lead up to Tuesday’s election.
Three incumbents were easily reelected and four newcomers are leading their races.
Voters chose four winners from seven candidates for the Saint Paul Public Schools board: Incumbent Chauntyll Allen, returning board member Yusef Carrillo, plus newcomers Carlo Franco and Erica Valliant.
Minneapolis Council President Andrea Jenkins wins a tight contest with challenger Soren Stevenson in Ward 8. Katie Cashman wins in Ward 7, Jamal Osman reelected in Ward 6 on ranked choice tabulations.
With all precincts reporting, Roslyn Harmon, a nonprofit leader, led city council member Gillian Rosenquist by 26 votes. Harmon is poised to become Golden Valley’s first Black mayor.