Saint Paul, Minn. – On November 5th, pro-choice women were elected to critical local offices in sweeping victories across Minnesota — more than 80% of Women Winning’s 34 endorsed candidates were elected to School Boards, City Councils, County Boards, and Mayor’s Offices. Results from two races, which including leading pro-choice women candidates, have yet to be called.
Minnesotans continue to be activated by pro-choice women candidates. Inspiring record voter turnout, record numbers of women were elected to public office in 2018, and the strength of pro-choice women candidates was again reflected in the results of 2019 municipal and school district elections in Minnesota.
Emily Larson, the first woman elected Mayor of Duluth, was re-elected in a decisive victory on the North Shore.
Nicole Joy Frethem won a special election for Ramsey County Commissioner and will be the first woman to represent District 1 on the Ramsey County Board.
With the re-election of Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali Nelson, Rebecca Noecker, and Jane Prince, and results still outstanding in Ward 1 and Ward 6, in Ward 6, the St. Paul continues to lead with a pro-choice woman majority City Council.
Kissy Coakley and Janet Kennedy make history, becoming the first African American women elected to the Minnetonka City Council and Duluth City Council, respectively.
Women Winning is proud of all the inspiring pro-choice women candidates who ran in 2019 and we look forward to their continued leadership.
Voters continue to be energized and inspired by pro-choice women candidates, and Women Winning’s work to elect pro-choice women in 2020 is well underway. With an engaged membership of more than 17,000 Minnesotans committed to changing the face of power, we will elect pro-choice women to all levels of office in 2020 — from Park Board to President of the United States.
The following Women Winning-endorsed candidates were elected in the 2019 General Election.*
Nicole Joy Frethem, Ramsey County, District 1
Emily Larson, Duluth
Amy Brendmoen, St. Paul, Ward 5
Jenna Carter, Bloomington, At-Large
Susan Carter, Minnetonka, At-Large
Kissy Coakley, Minnetonka, Ward 4
Keri Johnson, St. Peter, Ward 1
Janet Kennedy, Duluth, District 5
Nadia Mohamed, St. Louis Park, At-Large
Mitra Jalali Nelson, St. Paul, Ward 4
Rebecca Noecker, St. Paul, Ward 2
Jane Prince, St. Paul, Ward 7
Kimberly Sanberg, Golden Valley, At-Large
Rebecca Schack, Minnetonka, Ward 4
Chauntyll Allen, St. Paul, At-Large
Shannon Andreson, Hopkins, At-Large
Mary Frances Clardy, Inver Grove Heights, At-Large
Zuki Ellis, St. Paul, At-Large
Nicole Hayes, Anoka-Hennepin, District 5
Erin Heers-McArdle, Anoka-Hennepin, District 1
Tanya Khan, Hopkins, At-Large
Jessica Kopp, St. Paul, At-Large
Nelly Korman, Bloomington, At-Large
Mia Olson, Bloomington, At-Large
Katie O’Shea Pederson, Hopkins, At-Large
Alanna Oswald, Duluth, At-Large
Lynne Penke Valdes, St. Anthony, At-Large
Heather Wilsey, St. Louis Park, At-Large
*Election results for St. Paul City Council Ward 1 and Ward 6 are still outstanding. Women Winning endorsed Anika Bowie in Ward 1 and Nelsie Yang in Ward 6.
About Women Winning
Women Winning was established in 1982 by a multi-partisan group of 25 women determined to increase the number of pro-choice women in public office. With more than 17,000 statewide members, Women Winning is Minnesota’s largest women’s political organization.
Women Winning’s mission is to recruit, train, and elect pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office. The organization runs a smart, strategic, and targeted political program focused on competitive districts for pro-choice women candidates with the goal of increasing the number of pro-choice women serving in public office. Women Winning offers robust, formal training, mentorship, and support from the time a pro-choice woman first considers a run for office to election day.