by Garrett Frisk
In a previous article, Diamond Eye Candidate Report detailed every contested race for the Minneapolis City Council. However, since that article, one councilmember who was previously running unopposed has drawn a challenger: Emily Koski, who represents the 11th ward. Koski was first elected in 2021, unseating incumbent councilmember Jeremy Schroeder in a 28% landslide. Her campaign website can be found here. The Minneapolis DFL's website lists all candidates who are seeking their endorsement and have filled out an endorsement questionnaire, and until recently, Koski was the only candidate listed on the 11th ward page. However, it was recently updated with a new respondent, Rebecca Donley.
Donley does not seem to have launched a campaign website, nor does her campaign have much presence on social media. However, she appears to be heavily active in the community. When the website Southwest Voices published a profile of Emily Koski, someone named Rebecca Donley—identified as a "Ward 11 Community Member and member of Ward Eleven Allied Voices for Equity (WEAVE)"--left a comment criticizing it as a "puff piece." WEAVE is a community group which is heavily critical of Koski. In February, they published an open letter criticizing several votes she had taken; the letter is signed by, among others, Rebecca Donley. Back in 2022, Donley published an op;ed of her own which takes aim at Koski and the city council as a whole. The op;ed identifies Donley as a "Ward 11 resident with over 15 years of experience supporting survivors of abuse and providing training about the dynamics of abuse." It appears that Donley is now planning to take her opposition to Koski to the ballot box.