Voters fill out absentee ballot applications on Saturday, April 10, 2021 for the April 13, 2021 special primary election for mayor at the Brooklyn Park city hall. The special election for mayor is on August 10, 2021. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale
Voters fill out absentee ballot applications on Saturday, April 10, 2021 for the April 13, 2021 special primary election for mayor at the Brooklyn Park city hall. The special election for mayor is on August 10, 2021. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

The Brooklyn Park City Hall will be open this Saturday, August 7, to allow the city’s voters to cast absentee ballots for the August 10 special election for mayor. Voters can vote between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Tuesday special election contest is between Hollies Winston and Lisa Jacobson, the top two candidates to emerge out of a field of seven candidates during the April 13 primary special election.

1,993 votes have already been cast as of today (Aug. 5) according to Devin Montero, the city clerk. On Saturday, if you are not already registered, you can do so at city hall on the same day and vote.

If you are not yet a registered voter but want to vote this Saturday, you can do so, but read this link at the Secretary of State website on what you might need before showing up at city hall.

Since the April 13 primary special election, the two candidates have engaged each other directly in one forum while Hollies Winston participated in a candidate interview that Lisa Jacobson declined.

The address to the Brooklyn Park City Hall is 5200 85th Ave. N.

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  • 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.

About Tom Gitaa

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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