The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted for Andrea Jenkins as president, a historic first. Jenkins will lead the council as it continues to grapple with the legacy of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, and as the city navigates the pandemic.
Via the Star-Tribune:
Minneapolis leaders said they plan to take up the challenges of public safety and policing, rent control and housing insecurity as the city continues to grapple with its longstanding inequities.
In remarks after the vote, Jenkins highlighted the racial, religious and generational diversity of the council, which for the first time includes a majority people of color. And she emphasized the importance of collaborating as they seek to serve residents trying to heal from the trauma of the past two years.
“We represent a diversity of thought, of ideas and solutions to the most pressing issues of our time,” Jenkins said.
“We have a whole lot of work to do,” she said.
Check out the full inauguration here:
Congrats to Council President Andrea Jenkins!
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