Saint Louis Park elects nation’s first Somali-American mayor

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ST. LOUIS PARK— Following tabulation of ranked-choice voting results, St. Louis Park mayoral candidate Nadia Mohamed was declared the winner, receiving 58.4% of the vote (4,595 total). She defeated Dale A. Anderson, who received 41.2% of the vote (3,239 total).

Mohamed is believed to the first Somali-American elected mayor in the United States, and the first Somali-American mayor in Minnesota. She has served as at large B council member since 2019. She will succeed current St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, who chose not to run for re-election after 12 years on the city council, eight of those as mayor.

Other offices were also on the roster for Election Day.

Running uncontested, Yolanda Farris received 96.6% of the votes (6,150 total) for the at large A council seat. Farris, the incumbent, was appointed to the council at large seat A in February 2023, replacing Larry Kraft who resigned following his election to the state legislature.

Paul Baudhuin received 55.5% of the votes (3,959 total) for the at large B council seat, defeating two other candidates. He is a newcomer to the St. Louis Park City Council.

Each of the three candidates was declared the winner following a single round of counting of votes.

The St. Louis Park City Council will canvass the election results at its Monday, Nov. 13 meeting. The new mayor and at large council members will be sworn into office Jan. 2, 2024, to serve four-year terms.

It’s anticipated that voter turnout, once confirmed, will be the highest for a St. Louis Park municipal election since at least 1987. Exact turnout numbers will be available following the Nov. 13 canvass by the city council.

St. Louis Park ward council seats will be on the ballot in November 2025. The next election in St. Louis Park will be the presidential nomination primary March 5, 2024. Visit the elections page for 2023 election results and more information about elections.

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