Brooklyn Park mayoral race: Lisa Jacobson and Hollies Winston advance to August 10 special election

A sign directs voters during extended absentee voting at city hall in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on Saturday, April 10, 2021 for the April 13, 2021 special primary election for mayor. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson have advanced in the special primary election to elect a new mayor for Brooklyn Park. Seven candidates competed in Tuesday’s election.

The two will now square off in the August 10 special election for mayor.

10.9 percent of the city’s 47,585 registered voters took part in the special primary election.

The results as announced by Devin Montero, the city clerk, are as follows:

Lisa Jacobson 1291
Yelena S. Kurdyumova 26
Mark Mata 817
Boyd Morson 348
Benjamin Osemenam 196
Wynfred Russell 291
Hollies Winston 1854

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Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson came in first and second respectively in the April 13, 2021 special election for Mayor of Brooklyn Park. They advance to the August 10, 2021 special election.Both Winston and Jacobson have thanked supporters for their victories and said they look forward to the August 10 special election.

Jacobson who is a current member of the Brooklyn Park City Council said in an email message to Mshale “I am grateful for the trust placed in me to move onto the general election on August 10th. As a current city council member and a dedicated volunteer for over 30 years, I work hard each and every day to make Brooklyn Park a city that leads by example.”

In a Facebook post, Winston said “I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our voters, team, supporters and my family. This success is all of ours, and I am so excited for what we can accomplish over the next 5 months. Onward to August!

This story has been updated to include reactions from the two top candidates.

About Tom Gitaa Gitaa, Editor-in-Chief

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was 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 Dish Network 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. 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 the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.

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