Brooklyn Park Mayor
Running with labor support
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 22, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BROOKLYN PARK — Hollies Winston is making a third run for mayor of Brooklyn Park with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. He also is endorsed by the DFL Party.
The incumbent mayor, Lisa Jacobson, is not running.
In a special election in August 2021, Winston lost to Jacobson by two votes.
This time around, he’s heading into the November 8 general election in a strong position after winning first place in the three-way primary election with 53 percent of the vote.
Still, “we’re not taking anything for granted,” Winston says. “You’ve got to doorknock. You’ve got to have the conversations.”
Winston sees three issues differentiating him from his opponent: Public safety, development, and infrastructure.
“Yes, we need police to be fully-funded,” Winston says. But, he adds, the city needs to do more to engage youth as part of the community. “A lot of the youth just don’t have anything to do,” he says. ”We need new models,” like a program he helped to start at Huntington Place called “the Village.”
Winston believes the city needs to do more to increase its tax base: “We need more of the right type of development.” That means more businesses, office space, restaurants, shopping. “Right now the tax burden falls too much on the backs of homeowners,” he says.
Finally, Winston says the city needs to address concerns about the city’s water system, whether buying water from Minneapolis or investing in a new water treatment facility.
“We need to build infrastructure here that uses union labor,” he says. “That raises everybody up.”
Born in Illinois, Winston moved to Minnesota with his family and grew up in Plymouth. He earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He currently works as a consultant helping small businesses. He and his wife Latrice have three children.