Mitra is the only openly LGBTQ member of the St. Paul City Council
Mitra Jalali Nelson is a lifelong Minnesotan, the proud daughter of immigrants, a former classroom teacher, community organizer and policy aide now serving the City of St. Paul as City Councilmember for Ward 4. In 2018, she ran in a special election to be new progressive voice for the future of St. Paul. She became the first and only renter voice on a current Council in a city where over half of residents are renting, its youngest elected member, its only out and proud LGBTQ leader, the second woman of color to ever serve on Council, and a fresh new perspective in a time of great change and potential in St. Paul. Her priorities in office are attainable & affordable housing & homeownership, transportation and sustainability, community-first public safety, and building true community wealth. Mitra also serves as a commissioner on the board of the St. Paul Port Authority, and co-leads the 2020 U.S. Census complete count effort for Ramsey County to ensure billions in federal funding and representation in Congress can continue for the city of St. Paul.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Mitra is the only openly LGBTQ member of the St. Paul City Council.
- She is only the second woman of color to ever serve on the St. Paul City Council.