by Garrett Frisk
This year's city Minneapolis city council elections got off to a slow start, but as the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) endorsement caucuses draw closer, candidates are starting to pile up. Here is a summary of every ward that currently has a contested election.
In the 3rd ward, first-term incumbent Michael Rainville is running for re-election. His campaign website can be found here. Rainville faces two opponents: political consultant Conrad Zbikowski and community organizer Marcus Mills. Zbikowski's website can be found here, while Mills's website can be found here.
First-term incumbent LaTrisha Vetaw of the 4th ward is also seeking another term. Her campaign website can be found here. Vetaw is being challenged by Angela Geniece Williams, whose campaign Facebook page can be found here.
In the 5th ward, incumbent Jeremiah Ellison is running for a third term. His website can be found here. He is being challenged by pastor Victor Martinez, who ran for this district in 2021 and lost in the penultimate round of ranked-choice tabulation, peaking at 30.8% of the vote. His website can be found here. This has race attracted controversy, as the Minneapolis DFL threw out over 350 of Martinez's delegates to the DFL caucus due to allegations of fraud. The chair of the Minneapolis DFL later obtained a restraining order against Martinez after one of his supporters sent her death threats and doxxed her friend.
In the 6th ward, incumbent Jamal Osman is running for re-election. His website can be found here. He will once again face off against KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi, who previously ran for this district in 2020 and 2021, losing by wide margins both times. The other candidates in the race are author Tiger Worku and Kayseh Magan, a former investigator for the Minnesota Attorney General and former member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. Magan has challenged the validity of many of Worku's delegates. Worku's website can be found here, while Magan's website can be found here.
In the 8th ward, incumbent Lisa Goodman is retiring, and 4 candidates are running to succeed her. The first is real estate broker Scott Graham, who also serves as 5th congressional district chairman for the Minnesota DFL. His website can be found here. Also running is Katie Cashman, project coordinator for the lobbyist group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Her website can be found here. The newest candidate is attorney Mark Globus, who previously ran for mayor in 2021 but only received 0.8% of the vote. His website can be found here. The final candidate is Kenneth Foxworth, who ran ran for city council in 2013 but dropped out. Foxworth is an educator who previously served as one of Minneapolis's representatives to the Democratic National Committee. His website can be found here.
The 9th ward is home to council president Andrea Jenkins, who is seeking another term. Her website can be found here. Currently, her only declared opponent is policy advocate Soren Stevenson. Stevenson was shot by a police officer during a 2020 protest and lost his eye; he recently won a $2.4 million settlement from the city. His website can be found here.
In ward 10, incumbent Aisha Chughtai is running for a second term. Her website can be found here. She is being challenged by Nasri Warsame, whose website can be found here.
12th ward incumbent Andrew Johnson is retiring, and four candidates have stepped up to try and claim his seat. The first is Aurin Chowdhury, a senior aide to district 9 councilor Jason Chavez. Her website can be found here. The second is Jerome Evans, who hosts a show on local public access network MCN6. His website can be found here. The third is nonprofit executive Luther Ranheim, whose website can be found here. The final candidate is Nancy Ford, who owns a clothing repair business. Ford ran for this district in 2021 but lost by over 35%. Her website can be found here.
Finally, 13th ward incumbent Linea Palmisano is running for re-election and is being challenged by Kate Mortenson, who founded an educational company. Palmisano's website can be found here, while Mortenson's website can be found here.
This article was updated to include website links for LaTrisha Vetaw and Nasri Warsame, as well as more information about Kenneth Foxworth.