Soren Stevenson earned the DFL endorsement for Ward 8 City Council at its convention on May 20. Of the delegates, 68% voted for Stevenson on the first ballot and over 29% for Council President Andrea Jenkins, thus sealing the party’s endorsement in just one round.
“This is a clear sign that Ward 8 is ready for new leadership,” said Stevenson when accepting the endorsement. “The city is ready for a kinder, safer Minneapolis, and we’re gonna take this all the way to November, and we’re gonna get that kinder, safer Minneapolis.”
Held virtually, the convention began with a Q&A session wherein candidates were given a minute each to respond to about a dozen questions from delegates. Candidates were asked about affordable housing, food instability and accessibility for people who do not speak English as their first language. They were also asked about the best use of the Hiawatha Golf Course. (Jenkins supports its historic nature and retaining the 18-hole course. Stevenson supports the plan for a 9-hole course, which he said keeps the historic site while better preparing the city for our climate future.)
In response to losing the endorsement, Jenkins said she was “very disappointed” but grateful to the 29% of people who support her. She will continue her campaign through November.
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