MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Congressman Keith Ellison’s son is set to start a political career of his own.
Jeremiah Bey Ellison, a self-described “artist and organizer,” will challenge incumbent council member Blong Yang in Ward 5, which includes most of north Minneapolis.READ MORE: Mohamed Noor Sentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death
Ellison’s campaign website — which makes no mention of his father — calls for “a future for the Northside authored by Northsiders.” The campaign bio makes mention of his experience as a homeless youth counselor and teaching artist, and lays out a campaign platform for the city.READ MORE: Burnsville City Council Votes Unanimously To Make Juneteenth An Official City Holiday
Yang, the first Hmong-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council, won his first term in 2013, which he’s currently serving. The council member faced criticism during the heated debate surrounding the Northside’s 4th precinct occupation last year. Protesters surrounded the Minneapolis police precinct after Jamar Clark was shot and killed by an officer nearby.
Jeremiah Ellison’s name turned up during that occupation after a Star Tribune photo of him circulated on social media.MORE NEWS: Minneapolis Ballot Guide: Controversial Public Safety Ballot Question
The next elections for the seat will be held on Nov. 7, 2017.