Voters Trim Field in Special Primary for Brooklyn Park Council
Voters in Brooklyn Park‘s primary election for the West District city council seat will narrow the field of candidates from three to two on May 9.
Candidates Yelena Kurdyumova, Daniel Goba and Tony McGarvey are vying for the Brooklyn Park City Council West District seat.
Former Brooklyn Park City Council Member Susan Pha previously held the seat. Pha was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2022, taking the seat previously held by Sen. Chris Eaton.
Pha took at oath of office for Minnesota Senate in January.
Unlike most elections, this primary does not have the larger draw of any national or state offices.
“I anticipate between a 7 percent and a 10 percent voter turnout for the primary,” said Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero.
By contrast, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, 79.9 percent of eligible Minnesota voters showed up for the 2020 general election.
Voter Kathryn Carter, who cast a ballot at Revival Church in Brooklyn Park, said she believes it’s important to have a say in all levels of government.
“Because I did read all three platforms, I wanted to choose the one that best represents my views and values,” she said.
With lower turnout, Montero said results should be available by 9 or 10 p.m.
The city will host the general election for the seat on Aug. 8.
For Carter, voting this year wasn’t only about performing her civic duty.
“Because there was three candidates, actually I wanted to make sure one of the candidates did not get in,” she said.