Brooklyn Park mayoral forums kick off March 16

Brooklyn Park mayoral forums for the April 13, 2021 special primary election will kick off on March 16, 2021. Photo: Brooklyn Park Twitter
Brooklyn Park mayoral forums for the April 13, 2021 special primary election will kick off on March 16, 2021. Photo: Brooklyn Park Twitter

With less than a month until the April 13 Brooklyn Park special primary election for mayor, candidate forums are starting to happen.

Seven candidates running to be Brooklyn Park Mayor will face off for the first time in a live in-person forum at City Hall on Tuesday, March 16. No audience will be allowed however due to the pandemic.

It will be broadcast live on CCX Media. You can watch online at this link if you don’t live in the broadcast area.

Candidates that filed by the deadline last month were Wynfred Russell, Hollies Winston, Mark Mata, Boyd Morson, Yelena S. Kurdyumova, Benjamin Osemenam and Lisa Jacobson.

The League of Women Voters of Brooklyn Park, Osseo and Maple Grove and the Twin West Chamber of Commerce are hosting the forum in conjunction with CCX Media.

It runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.

Residents with questions can submit them in advance by emailing or

Early voting and absentee voting for the special primary election is already underway and will close on April 12.

Another candidate forum hosted by ACER, Africa Let’s Talk, Mshale and Minnesota Voices will be held on March 23 at 6:00 p.m.

The March 23 forum will be livestreamed on Africa Let’s Talk and Mshale moderated by Collins Oppong of Africa Let’s Talk and Mshale’s Cynthia Simba.

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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