Dayton’s Bluff elections bring in record votes

Eleven new Dayton’s Bluff Community Council board members were elected in late December. (photo courtesy of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council)
Eleven new Dayton’s Bluff Community Council board members were elected in late December. (photo courtesy of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council)

Though modest, 170 ballots cast shows a big uptick in community engagement for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, says the council’s director, Deanna Abbott-Foster.

For the first time in years, the council’s seats will all be filled.

Twenty candidates ran for 11 open seats, including a number of people of color, who historically haven’t been a prominent part of the council, despite the neighborhood’s demographics: 60 percent of Dayton’s Bluff residents are people of color.

In an effort to combat that, the council made an effort to get more people of color on the ballot, and now, post-election, over half of the board will be people of color.

“We were very pleased with the turnout, says Abbott-Foster.

New board members include:
• Laura Kidd, a mother and grandmother of American Indian descent, a Metropolitan State University Student, and East Side resident since 2002

• Todd Gramenz, a Harding Senior High School graduate, and advocate for youth, who works in management

• Jeanelle Foster, a grandmother, and 13 year East Side resident who does family social work and facilitates adult education and diversity groups

• Rob Sebo Lubke, a four year Dayton’s Bluff resident who works for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

• Shannon Prescott, a newcomer to the East Side who’s a vocal performer, artist, and mother

• Chris Lollie, a Johnson High School alum and long-time East Side resident, salesperson, and youth worker

• Osman Egal, a Somali-American and director of the East Side’s Darul-Uloom Islamic Center

• Tabitha Benci DeRango, a community engagement worker and former Dayton’s Bluff Community Council employee

• Pa Chua Vang, a Hmong East Sider who’s involved in the Dayton’s Bluff Seniors Living at Home Block Nurse Program as well as the East Side Neighborhood Development Company

• Quintin Kroger Kidd, a four-year resident of Dayton’s Bluff and a community volunteer

• Holly Windingstad, a mother active in neighborhood committees, and an avid gardener

— Patrick Larkin

 

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