Brooklyn Park voters will go to the polls August 11 during the state primary, to cast their ballots for the most diverse pool of candidates to run for City Council since Mshale started tracking the city’s politics two decades ago. Mail-in absentee voting is already underway and will continue until August 10, while in-person absentee voting will begin on August 4 through August 10.
Three of the city’s six council seats are up for grabs in the November election but since there were more than two candidates who filed in each district, the August 11 primary will be used to choose the two candidates for each district that will proceed to the November election. Each district is represented by two council members who serve staggered four-year terms.
This year’s election cycle has had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that has limited in person campaigning and door knocking for candidates that usually characterizes the race.
Two incumbents in the East and West districts are defending their seats while there is an open seat in the Central district.
First-term Incumbent Lisa Jacobson is fighting off a challenge from two Nigerian-Americans Oduwa Aganmwonyi and Benjamin Osemenam. Aganmwonyi has experience running for public office while this will be Osemenam’s first attempt.
One of the two incumbents in the Central district Mark Mata is not seeking reelection which has attracted three candidates. Kenyan-American Walter Nyabere is new to city politics while Boyd Morson and Christian Eriksen have had unsuccessful runs for the City Council before.
Incumbent Susan Pha made history in 2016 when she became the first person of color elected to the Brooklyn Park City Council in her first attempt at political office. Kenyan-American Henry Momanyi and Yelena Kurdyumova will try to limit Pha to one term.
The city is encouraging voters to vote early by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize crowding on election day. To apply for an Absentee ballot, call the city at 763-493-8119. You can also download the application at this city link or apply to vote absentee on the Secretary of State website.
In-person early voting will take palace August 4-10 at the Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue North.