Get ready to vote on Tuesday November 5

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Get ready to vote on Tuesday November 5
Nadia Mohamed is vying for an at-large seat in the City of St. Louis Park City Council in the November 5, 2019 election. Photo: Submitted
Nadia Mohamed
Nadia Mohamed is vying for an at-large seat in the City of St. Louis Park City Council in the November 5, 2019 election. Photo: Submitted

There are no statewide races in Minnesota on next Tuesday’s elections but there are important city council races, school board elections and local issues that might affect you depending on where you live.

For those in Minnesota, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find your polling place and your sample ballot. Even though it is too late to pre-register, Minnesota law allows you to register at your polling place on election day.

Polling locations will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What Mshale is watching for on Tuesday

In St. Louis Park, Nadia Mohamed who is 23, is bidding to become one of the youngest city council members in the state. She is running to fill an open at-large seat which if she prevails will make her the first and only black Muslim woman on the council.

She is running for the council at the same time that St. Louis Park will be using ranked-choice voting for the first time. Learn more about that system of electing candidates at this link.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.