Aaron Zellhoefer

Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation

Aaron will continue the legacy of strong LGBTQ+ representation on the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation!

Biography

Aaron grew up in Santa Cruz, California. His mother was a teacher and his father was a union organizer. 
 
When he was 7 years old, his father got a job working for the Union in Belgium and the family relocated for three years. His father worked on the executive council of the AFL-CIO. His stepmother is also a union organizer and went on to become a national delegate for Bernie in 2016.  
 
When Aaron was a teenager, he suffered from addiction and coming to terms with his sexuality. These challenges got him interested in punk rock music and progressive politics.  
 
Aaron became an animal advocate. He was an earlier pioneer and laid the groundwork in San Francisco to create a fur-free city and state. Aaron later focused his efforts on ending product testing on animals. Aaron met his partner Kevin through this advocacy, and the two married in 2017.  
 
Aaron moved to Minneapolis in 2009 and was an early volunteer for the Vote No campaign. Aaron became a DNC delegate in 2012 and helped in the effort to create a plank in the Democratic party platform that included marriage equality through his testimony.  
 
Aaron went on to be the campaign manager for Senator Scott Dibble and Alondra Cano for City Council.  
 
Outside of politics, Aaron loves to spend his R&R time reading and running. He holds the current record for most laps ran around Central Park in New York in a day. Aaron currently lives in South Minneapolis with his husband Kevin and their two rescued beagles. 

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