A Kenyan-American and Somali-American are among the 79 finalists selected to serve in the powerful Metropolitan Council, the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The 17-member Metropolitan Council is a policy-making board, which has guided the strategic growth of the metro area for nearly 50 years.
Nelima Sitati and Abdirahman Muse will serve in District 2 and District 8 respectively if successful. The nominating committee will forward forward three candidates for each Council district by February 18, 2019 to Governor Tim Walz who will make the final selection for each of the 16 Council seats. The governor has a statutory deadline of March 4, 2019 in which to make the final appointments. More than 200 applicants applied to serve.
Sitati is among a record number of eight black women that made the cut as finalists.
The finalists will have an opportunity to provide public testimony at four public meetings at which the nominating committee. Each public hearing will feature candidates from four districts. Sitati’s District 2 already had its public hearing last week and you can watch that video here. Muse’s public hearing will be on February 13 at the Minneapolis Urban League where Districts 5, 6, 7 and 8 will have the finalists interviewed publicly.
Public testimony will not be allowed during the public interview process but you may submit letters of recommendation and support for candidates via email to: email@example.com.
You can find out which district you fall under at this link.
Here is the full list of finalists;
2019 interview finalists
District 1 Video
District 2 Video
Francis (Frank) Boyles
C Terrence Anderson
District 9 Video 1 and Video 2
Kathryn Schwartz Eckhardt
District 10 Video
C. Scott Cooper
Angela Burns Finney
Bethel is a general assignment reporter and photojournalist at Mshale. She is based in Atlanta.