Brooklyn Park Councilwoman Susan Pha announced on August 4, 2021 that she will be running for the Minnesota State Senate representing District 40. Photo: Courtesy
Brooklyn Park Councilwoman Susan Pha announced on August 4, 2021 that she will be running for the Minnesota State Senate representing District 40. Photo: Courtesy

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.

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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