Dear neighbor,

My name is Mitra Jalali Nelson: I’m a lifelong Minnesotan, the proud daughter of immigrants, and have devoted my life to fighting for all families to have the same opportunities as mine. I’m running to continue representing us on the Saint Paul City Council, and I would be honored to earn your support for the DFL endorsement in Ward 4.

My career began in Louisiana in 2008, when I was a high school social studies teacher at an alternative high school on the West Bank of New Orleans, just three years after Hurricane Katrina. My students faced unthinkable trauma, discrimination, and challenges both inside and outside of school, but I never once doubted their ability to succeed. This experience fostered in me an unshakable belief in the potential of all children, and in the importance of giving every child access to an outstanding public education. I was at the very beginning of my journey, but in that classroom, I started on the path to becoming the leader I am today.

I returned to my home state of Minnesota with a strengthened commitment to public service, including teaching for a third year here. I became an organizer with the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers in the 2012 election cycle, working with Ward 4 neighbors and teachers citywide to pass the Saint Paul Public Schools funding levy—a $39 million annual investment in our teachers and students. The lesson I learned from that experience is that good ideas don’t just happen on their own; you have to organize them into reality. I’m bringing this spirited ethic with me to City Hall, through a resident-driven campaign that bridges the gap between residents and government.

I went on to work directly on policy and constituent services as a congressional staffer for three years, most recently with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in his district office as his public safety and immigration outreach director. As a policy and outreach aide, I organized briefings, worked on legislation, and partnered with state and city government to drive change in our community and promote social and economic inclusion for all.

I'm now running for re-election because our city needs capable leaders who reflect our growth, our diversity, and our shared commitment to equity. That's the kind of leadership I bring to all of my work, and that I strive every day to bring to City Hall. Saint Paul is growing rapidly, and it’s on us to ensure that every resident of our city can benefit from that growth. Now more than ever, we need a City Council that is laser-focused on equity.

In a city that is roughly 50% people of color and 50% renters, and in a ward with the fastest growing renter population in Saint Paul, I have worked to bring a perspective to the Council that reflects that growth. The future of our city is also inextricably connected to our ability to end opportunity gaps that persist by race, gender, class, ability and more. I am running to keep leading with urgency on these issues, with a specific focus on police accountability, increasing attainable and affordable housing, transit and sustainability, and building community wealth. Together, I believe we can achieve progress that brings all of us with it.

I would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with you about my vision for our city, and hear from you on what you think are the most important issues facing the neighborhoods we love. I’m honored to be running, and I hope to earn your vote.

Sincerely,
Mitra

Mitra Jalali Nelson
Saint Paul City Councilmember - Ward 4
neighborsformitra@gmail.com


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  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra J Nelson for St. Paul City Council because I know that she values education and education equity. She will do whatever it takes to try and work towards a public education that serves all.”

  • endorsed

    “Mitra takes positive change to new Heights in supporting the marginalized demographics”

  • endorsed

    “Mitra is a progressive leader who understands St. Paul's current strengths and has huge aspirations for what it could be. She speaks knowledgeably and thoughtfully about poverty, affordable housing, education, immigrant rights, and other vital issues in the city today. Putting her voice on the City Council would be a huge shift in the status quo and would force St. Paul to confront (and work towards solving!) its deepest inequities. Go Mitra!”

  • endorsed

    “Mitra is the real deal! She knows that St. Paul needs bold actions to to improve the material lives of its residents and workers. She will be an excellent voice and advocate for Ward 4’s underserved constituencies.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra because she and her team are building an inspiring, diverse, and inclusive campaign. As a renter and someone who relies on public transit, I really appreciate Mitra's emphasis on affordable housing, sustainable transportation, and expanding other essential city services.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali Nelson for City Council because Ward 4 needs an energetic, experienced policy advocate who is also approachable, positive, thoughtful, and in tune to her neighbors needs, hopes, and dreams. Mitra truly reflects the diversity of Ward 4 and is the best choice to represent us in the city council.”

  • endorsed

    “Mitra Nelson is the best candidate for St. Paul because her vision, paired with her unrelenting passion, will keep the city surging forward in a direction beneficial for all. As a resident of St. Paul for 30+ years, I have seen our city grow in a fantastic way - canidate Nelson has the the drive to continue this growth.”

  • endorsed

    “It is my privilege to support Mitra Nelson for St. Paul City Council! She's a true progressive and visionary, and will serve her community with passion and dedication!”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali nelson for Ciry Council because she is one of the strongest, most driven women I know! She truly cares about the people.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali Nelson because she is not only a stand up citizen but also someone of great Integrity and heart.”

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  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra J Nelson for St. Paul City Council because I know that she values education and education equity. She will do whatever it takes to try and work towards a public education that serves all.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Mitra takes positive change to new Heights in supporting the marginalized demographics”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Mitra is a progressive leader who understands St. Paul's current strengths and has huge aspirations for what it could be. She speaks knowledgeably and thoughtfully about poverty, affordable housing, education, immigrant rights, and other vital issues in the city today. Putting her voice on the City Council would be a huge shift in the status quo and would force St. Paul to confront (and work towards solving!) its deepest inequities. Go Mitra!”

  • endorsed

    “Mitra is the real deal! She knows that St. Paul needs bold actions to to improve the material lives of its residents and workers. She will be an excellent voice and advocate for Ward 4’s underserved constituencies.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra because she and her team are building an inspiring, diverse, and inclusive campaign. As a renter and someone who relies on public transit, I really appreciate Mitra's emphasis on affordable housing, sustainable transportation, and expanding other essential city services.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali Nelson for City Council because Ward 4 needs an energetic, experienced policy advocate who is also approachable, positive, thoughtful, and in tune to her neighbors needs, hopes, and dreams. Mitra truly reflects the diversity of Ward 4 and is the best choice to represent us in the city council.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Mitra Nelson is the best candidate for St. Paul because her vision, paired with her unrelenting passion, will keep the city surging forward in a direction beneficial for all. As a resident of St. Paul for 30+ years, I have seen our city grow in a fantastic way - canidate Nelson has the the drive to continue this growth.”

  • endorsed

    “It is my privilege to support Mitra Nelson for St. Paul City Council! She's a true progressive and visionary, and will serve her community with passion and dedication!”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali nelson for Ciry Council because she is one of the strongest, most driven women I know! She truly cares about the people.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mitra Jalali Nelson because she is not only a stand up citizen but also someone of great Integrity and heart.”