Dear Neighbor,

My name is Phillipe Cunningham and I hope to become the next City Councilmember to represent the 4th Ward in North Minneapolis.

I am running because our community deserves a champion who will proactively fight to bring the resources and opportunities needed to move us to the vision of a prosperous and thriving Northside for those who already call it home.

On a more personal note, I am running because our community here on the Northside welcomed me home and brought me to life.

Before North Minneapolis, as a Black trans man, I never had a community because of such prejudice and discrimination.

Living in North Minneapolis I finally discovered what home feels like. I have truly fallen in love with our community and continue to do so more every day as I am growing relationships with Northsiders from all walks of life.  

With my roots planted, I finally knew what it meant to be a part of a community, something bigger than just trying to survive. My journey to get here taught me a lot of valuable lessons, but I didn’t find my voice and purpose until I became a Northsider.

My husband and I live in the McKinley neighborhood with our 4 rescue pets (AKA our fur family) where I proudly serve as a board member of the McKinley Community board of directors.

I bring to this election over ten years of experience as a teacher and a youth worker, as well as City Hall experience having served on the City of Minneapolis’ Youth Violence Prevention Executive committee and later as a senior policy aide and advisor in the Mayor’s Office.

As the City Councilmember for the 4th Ward, my top priority will never stray from being first and foremost a representative of and public servant to Northsiders.

Please check out my policy platform to learn more about my vision and specific policies to build equity in the 4th Ward!

I want to hear from you! Please feel free to email me directly at