Andrea Jenkins, transgender activist wins political race as voters in Minneapolis vote for her seat on the Minnneapolis City Council. This win makes Jenkins the first black openly trans woman to win a publicly elected position as the first openly trans person elected to a major city’s governing office.
Jenkins will sit on the city council for Minneapolis’ Eighth Ward where she previously served as aide to two city council members. Her platform slogan “Leadership. Access. Equity.” won the citizens over as over. The Star Tribune reports Andrea Jenkins was the first for over 70% of voters over the 3 other candidates on the ballot.
Andrea Jenkins bio expands on more than 25 years of public service experience in Minneapolis. As a community leader, Jenkins has served as Minneapolis City Council policy aide, a nonprofit executive director and an employment specialist of Hennepin County. As a policy aide, Jenkins assisted city council members with the fulfillment of projects such as the development of the Seward Co-op Friendship store bringing fresh food choices and work to the community. She also worked on the fruition of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, One Minneapolis, One Read and The Trans*Equity Summit.
Outside of being a dedicated community leader, Jenkins is an award winning author, historian and public speaker. Her poetry has been featured in numerous journals and anthologies and in 2015 published her own full length poetry collection The T is Not Silent.