Tuesday, August 10
in Brooklyn Park
From the Minneaplis Labor Review, July 24, 2021
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BROOKLYN PARK — In a special election for mayor of Brooklyn Park, Hollies Winston is running as the AFL-CIO endorsed candidate. He also is endorsed by the DFL Party.
The special election will be Tuesday, August 10. In-person voting that day will take place at the city’s regular polling places.
Early voting, however, already is underway. Through August 9, Brooklyn Park residents may vote early in-person at Brooklyn Park city hall, 5200 85th Ave N. during business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, August 7, early voting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For voting information, including how to vote early, visit brooklynpark.org/elections.
The special election will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of former mayor Jeffrey Lunde, who was elected Hennepin County Commissioner in November 2020.
The winning candidate will fill out the 14-month remainder of Lunde’s term.
In 2018, Winston also ran for Brooklyn Park mayor with AFL-CIO endorsement, coming in second to Lunde.
This year, Winston came in first in the April 13 special primary election.
Winston’s labor endorsements this year include: Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO; AFSCME Council 5; IBEW Local 292, and Painters District Council 82.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the support of unions in the campaign,” Winston told the Labor Review.
“Forging a Brooklyn Park that listens to everyone, whether you’ve lived in Brooklyn Park for 50 years or you’re coming here as a new family, we have to create a Brooklyn Park that works for everybody,” Winston said. “I invite people to join us.”
“I realize the importance of unions in terms of protecting working Americans,” Winston said, “and in terms of prevailing wage.”
“I know the place unions have played in giving us a 40-hour week, giving us vacations,” he said. “I support the next generation of those fights.”
“I’m running to represent all of Brooklyn Park, to make sure we are one Brooklyn Park and to make sure… that we’re creating opportunity for everyone,” Winston said.
“Let’s start to work with unions so every kid in Brooklyn Park knows about the opportunities in the trades,” Winston added.
“If we give everybody opportunity, we will see prosperity,” he said.
In doorknocking, Winston said, he’s heard about voter concerns including public safety and property taxes.
“The status quo isn’t working,” he said at a July 13 candidate forum. “We have to very much think outside the box. We have to have a much more proactive approach… It’s about action. It’s about leadership.”
“We have to build trust between the community and the police,” he told the Labor Review. One way to support the police, he said, is to deploy other professionals when needed who are trained to address issues like mental health crises.
“We need more youth programming,” he added. “We have to get our kids more involved with positive things.”
Right now, Winston said, the property tax burden in Brooklyn Park falls disproportionately on homeowners. “Let’s bring businesses here that pay their fair share of taxes,” he said.
Winston is a small business owner.
He serves as commissioner on the Brooklyn Park Budget Advisory Committee.
Winston also has been involved in the Northwest Suburbs Community and Labor Coalition.
Winston moved with his family to Minnesota at age 10 from the Chicago area and grew up in Plymouth. He has lived in Brooklyn Park for 10 years.
Winston earned a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University in 2000 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in 2013.
In 2020, Winston was a regional political director for the Biden campaign.
In the Brooklyn Park mayor’s race, Winston has been endorsed by numerous DFL elected officials, including: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, U.S. Representative Dean Phillips; Minnesota Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman, State Representative Mike Nelson, State Representative Samantha Vang, State Senator Chris Eaton, and State Senator John Hoffman.
Doorknock for Winston: July 27
The DFL Party is organizing a doorknock for Winston planned for Tuesday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m., meeting at the IBEW Local 292 union hall, 6700 Broadway Ave. in Brooklyn Park.
“We have a great endorsed candidate in Hollies Winston,” said Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. “We encourage all labor volunteers to attend.”