2 Candidates File for Sub-District 4 Vacancy
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:00 AM

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Two residents of Sub-District 4 have filed for the Oct. 15 special election, which will fill a vacancy on the Como Community Council board. You can read their statements below.

The special election is this Tuesday Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. The election is at the Como Park Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton. All renters, homeowners, and other residents age 16 or older who live in Sub-District 4 are eligible to cast a ballot. So are authorized representatives from a business or nonprofit organization located in the Sub-District. Sub-District 4 includes South Como and Energy Park; it is essentially the part of District 10 that is between the railroad tracks (see the map).

Community members in Sub-District 4 must vote in person; there is no absentee or proxy voting. Community members will sign a voter registration roster attesting to their eligibility to vote; they will receive a ballot and will be able to vote once election tellers are appointed. (You can read the full election procedures by downloading the PDF in the right column.)

This special election is to fill the remaining six months in the term of a representative from Sub-District 4. The winner will take office immediately and serve until April 28, 2020. The procedures for nominations, elections, candidate eligibility, and voter eligibility are governed by the Bylaws of the District 10 Como Community Council.

The candidates (in alphabetical order):

Nadine Kottom-Dale
Chatsworth St.
I currently live in South Como as a first time homebuyer. My commitment to the neighborhood extends beyond just my home; in 2017 I began volunteering with the North-End South Como Block Nurse Program.
Neighborhood/community relations is an area that I am very passionate about. Several years ago, I began my journey into community organizing via political campaigning. Some of the candidates won, some lost, but I developed a newfound commitment to community engagement.
Political canvassing taught me the value in listening to my neighbors, and interacting with those who have opinions different from my own. I currently work as an executive aide for the Hennepin County Sheriff. Working near law enforcement has brought me outside of my comfort zone, and it challenges me to consistently consider contrasting viewpoints.
I seek to join the Council to continue investing in my neighborhood by giving every voice a chance to be heard. Aware of some of the recent conflict that occurred within D10, I am confident that I will be able to respectfully engage with each member of the community.

Juan José Miranda Ruiz
Maywood Place
Born and raised in the mountains of Jayuya, Puerto Rico, I joined the Army at age 17 and was deployed to Iraq at 19 under the 35th Signal Batallion. I am a US veteran. I majored in History at the University of Puerto Rico, currently writing my thesis on the History of the Greeks and their present economic crisis. Throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to grassroots movements, political activism and journalism. In my years as a graduate student, I have participated in bodies of student governance and have worked as a teaching assistant. I also had the privilege of working as an Instructor in a special program spearheaded by the university, where we offered college courses to maximum-security inmates.
My wife and I moved to Minnesota after Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017. After much sacrifice and hard work, we landed in D10 when we became homeowners in 2019. For over a year now, I have been working at the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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