Andrea Jenkins is the first black openly transgender person to win a council seat in a major city. She will now sit on the Minneapolis City Council.
Andrea Jenkins has clinched the Ward 8 Minneapolis City Council seat. Jenkins is the first transgender person to win a council seat in a major city. She succeeds Elizabeth Glidden in representing several neighborhoods in south Minneapolis. However, Jenkins said Tuesday night that she wasn't so focused on the historical nature of her campaign — she was focused on the issues and winning the election. Once in office, Jenkins said public safety, police accountability, the "affordable housing crisis" and economic development will be her focus.