Brooklyn Park Councilwoman Susan Pha announced she’s running for the state Senate Wednesday, scoring a big endorsement from the seat’s incumbent, Democratic Sen. Chris Eaton who represents the heavily Democratic Senate District 40.
Pha was reelected to a second term in the Brooklyn Park City Council in last November’s general election. She was first elected to the council in 2016 when she made history by becoming the first elected council member of color. It was her first attempt to run for office, easily winning with 56 percent of the vote.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Brooklyn Park these past 5 years on the City Council. I am so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to represent and serve the residents of Brooklyn Park and the residents of Brooklyn Center in the State Senate,” Pha, a Democrat, said in a news release. “I will continue to uplift your voices to the table and work hard toward innovative solutions that will create a place where we all can thrive, not just survive. We have to build a better tomorrow and that is why I am running.”
Sen. Eaton will not be seeking another term when her term is up in 2022, according to the news release from Pha’s office.
Pha’s announcement means there is a possibility for a special election to fill her West District seat in the city council. Her council term was to end in 2024.
All three districts in the Brooklyn Park City Council are represented by two council persons serving staggered terms. The other council representative for the West District is Councilman Wynfred Russell whose term ends next year and will be up for reelection in 2022 if he decides to seek reelection.
Blacks make up 33 percent of the residents of Senate District 40, Asians 17 percent while those who identify as white make up 35 percent.
Other races on the ballot in 2022 include that of the governor.