Feb 3, 2021 - News

Fundraising totals for hotly contested Minneapolis council races

Illustration of stacks of cash of varying heights sitting on different parts of Minneapolis.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Fundraising totals from 2020 are in for candidates running in Minneapolis races for 2021. Here are some highlights:

Mayor: Incumbent Jacob Frey raised $84,295 and has $233,779 cash on hand. One challenger, community organizer Sheila Nezhad, brought in $5,096.

  • The bottom line: The large mayoral fields of previous Minneapolis elections have not yet materialized.

Ward 10: Community organizer Aisha Chughtai and engineer Katie Jones have each raised nearly $22,000 and Alicia Gibson raised close to $10,000. Chris Parsons, David Wheeler and Steven J. Frich raised less than $5,000 each.

  • The bottom line: Competition for outgoing council president Lisa Bender’s Uptown-area seat is hot.

Ward 7: Nick Kor raised $32,772 in his bid to unseat council member Lisa Goodman. Goodman only raised $1,500, but has $143,000 cash on hand.

  • The bottom line: Kor will need the cash; Goodman has represented downtown for 23 years and has the largest war chest of any City Council candidate.

Go deeper: Adam Arling collected fundraising totals for all city races and posted them here.

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