I posted earlier this month about Phillipe Cunningham running for the Minneapolis City Council, and now there’s more wonderful trans themed political news coming out of the Twin Cities.
My tennis loving homegirl Andrea Jenkins has announced that she will be running for the soon to be vacated 8th Ward seat on the Minneapolis City Council currently held by Elizabeth Glidden, who recently announced she’s not running for reelection.
“I am prepared and ready to bring positive change toward a more equitable Minneapolis,” Jenkins said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the residents of the 8th Ward, and beyond, in creating the policies and programs necessary to bring sustainable improvement for everyone in our economy, housing, and services.”
Jenkins worked as a policy aide for Glidden, and spent 12 years working for two different council members. She is well known to the residents of the south central Minneapolis ward for helping to spur redevelopment in the 38th Street and Chicago Ave area.
She is currently with the University of Minnesota as the curator for their Transgender Oral History Project, which is collecting stories from trans people in the Minneapolis area and upper Midwest.
If she’s elected she would not only become the first transperson elected to the Minneapolis City Council, she would also become the first out Black trans feminine candidate to be elected to a city council in city of over 250,000 people.
You know I’m hoping she makes that history.