Official election results posted the morning of Jan. 22 put Sydney Jordan in the winner’s circle for the DFL primary for Minnesota House District 60A. She will go on to run against Legal Marijuana candidate Marty Super in the Feb. 4 special election to fill the seat of the late Diane Loeffler.
Jordan’s victory over ten other candidates running under the DFL banner was decisive.
Backed by teachers’, Teamsters and firefighters unions, she won nearly 29% of the vote. Jordan’s closest competitor was Jessica Intermill, who gathered 976 votes. Jordan carried nearly all 14 Eastside precincts, with Intermill just a few votes behind in each. In precincts near the University of Minnesota, second runner-up Sonia Neculescu showed some muscle among student voters with 792 votes.
Total voter turnout was 4,686, about 19% of total registered voters in Northeast.
At her celebration party at Elsie’s, 729 Marshall Ave., Jordan thanked her volunteers for their work. Asked about her win, Jordan told reporter Mike Madison, “It feels really overwhelming and exciting. There are some really big shoes to step into. Rep. Loeffler always worked really hard and showed up, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Jordan is state director for the campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. She has worked, in the past, for the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Mayor Jacob Frey, who describes her as “pragmatic, smart and works her tail off.” He added, “She’ll be an important asset to Minneapolis when it comes to getting things done at the legislature.” An Illinois native, she lives in the Northeast Park neighborhood.
On Feb. 4, she will run against Marty Super, who received 69 votes. There are no Republicans running for the office.
Below: Voter data source: Minnesota Secretary of State. Sydney Jordan stepped away from the crowd of supporters at Elsie’s to take a call from her dad, congratulating her on her win Tuesday night. (Photo by Mike Madison) Jessica Intermill was a strong second in the race with 976 votes. She called Jordan to concede, then told her campaign workers she’s “so very proud. We campaigned with integrity, listened, asked questions, told the truth.” She thanked her daughter and husband Tyler. Intermill said she is proud of the district, to turn out close to 5,000 voters, and to have received almost 1,000 of those votes, is “humbling.” (Photo by Margo Ashmore)