Early voting underway for August 10 Brooklyn Park special election for mayor

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Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson are vying to be Mayor of Brooklyn Park. The special election is on August 10, 2021 but early voting is already underway
Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson are vying to be Mayor of Brooklyn Park. The special election is on August 10, 2021 but early voting is already underway

Early voting has begun for the August 10 special election to elect a new mayor for Brooklyn Park.  The contest is between the DFL endorsed Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson who has the endorsement of the city’s former Republican mayor.

Jacobson and Winston were the top two candidates to emerge out of a field of seven candidates during the April 13 primary special election.

A voter fills out his ballot for the special election for mayor during extended absentee voting hours at Brooklyn Park city hall on Saturday, April 10 2021 against a backdrop of pictures of the city’s former mayors. The special primary election was held on April 13, 2021 with Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson advancing to the August 10 2021 primary. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

Through August 9, voters can vote from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Brooklyn Park City Hall located at 5200 85th Ave N. You can also vote by mail by applying for an Absentee Ballot which can be downloaded from the city’s website at this link or picking up the application at City Hall. If downloading or going to city hall are not an option for you, call 763-493-8119 to request the application be mailed to you.

After completing and signing your absentee ballot application, email it to hc.vote@hennepin.us. Or if you prefer, you can mail it to:

Hennepin County Elections Government Center
300 S. 6th St MC 012 Minneapolis MN 55487-0012

Early voting in-person on a Saturday

You want to vote in-person before election day but can only do it on a weekend? You can do so at City Hall on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.