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Minneapolis will soon have 2 transgender city council members

Phillipe Cunningham beat incumbent Barb Johnson.

Minneapolis is getting some new faces on its City Council, including two transgender people. 

Andrea Jenkins won in Ward 8 on Tuesday, and on Wednesday Phillipe Cunningham was declared the winner in Ward 4 after second and third choice votes were counted

Cunningham, a 29-year-old staffer for Mayor Betsy Hodges, beat out longtime City Council President Barb Johnson for the north Minneapolis seat. 

At his election party Tuesday night, when he was not far behind Johnson in first choice votes, he said of Johnson: "When I stepped into this election, people said she's unbeatable ... these results show that our community is ready for change," according to the Star Tribune

Johnson has served Ward 4 for two decades.

During Cunningham's campaign, he vowed to improve the Northside by growing small businesses, creating programs to keep kids safe and engaged, and improve homeownership rates, among other things.

Cunningham lives in north Minneapolis with his husband and their four rescue pets. 

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