Update to our supporters
Friday morning, Ramsey County’s Election Office recounted the ballots after neither Ward 1 candidates reached 50% on the first choice ballot. After reallocating the first, second, and third rounds, I am deeply saddened to announce we lost the race by nearly 300 votes.
As a first-time candidate, I raised a little over $25,000 in donations and fell short of a six-year term incumbent who raised over $160,000 for his re-election. I ran my race as I would run a movement for social justice, with the people’s lives at the center of my organizing and vision. Running local races are about building relationships with people and co-creating solutions to issues that impact our everyday lives.
Ward 1 is rich in the preservation of generational wealth and old tradition but struggles with the principle that makes Saint Paul the most livable city; economic inclusion and affordable housing for all, especially within the black community. As a life-long resident in Ward 1, I am a witness to the aftermath of the destruction of black families and businesses in historic Rondo and the current day racial wealth gap that continues to capture national attention in the Wallstreet 24/7 Journal. Changing this reality motivated me to become a transformative voice for the people and address these issues of inequities on the Saint Paul City Council.
My phenomenal team of young people door knocked on thousands of doors and were successful at turning out hundreds of new voters. I am thankful to have earned over 3,000 ranked-choice votes. This election was dedicated to the forgotten families who lost hope in our democracy. I will never forget the tears in my mother’s eyes when she fought to keep our home from being torn down by Saint Paul’s city planners and big business private developers. I will continue to be the voice that I hoped for as a kid facing several adversities in Saint Paul. I want to pay tribute to the many supporters who gave their time, expertise, and service. I will continue to trust in the power of love, more than the power of hate. My overall goal began with the people of Ward 1 embracing their voice and using their power to vote for the change we deserve to see. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who demonstrated their support for me loudly and proudly. I look forward to seeing the next generation carry the baton of electoral justice further.