St. Paul Police Arrest Minneapolis City Council Candidate

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A candidate for the Minneapolis City Council was arrested Saturday night in St. Paul on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tiffini Flynn Forslund is running in Minneapolis’ sixth ward, currently held by Council Member Abdi Warsame.

St. Paul police officers pulled Foslund over at Dale and University Avenues as she was driving 49 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone, police spokesman Steve Linders told the Pioneer Press. According to Linders, Forslund went on to fail two forms of preliminary alcohol testing. Results indicated that she was “well over the limit” according to Linders.

Forslund was then taken to the Ramsey County Jail and was cited for driving under the influence, reports the Pioneer Press. She was released 6 a.m. on Sunday. In a phone call with the Pioneer Press she refused to confirm or deny that she had been arrested.

Forslund’s campaign site is a one page endeavor, giving a short biography and short descriptions of her top issues. According to the site, she has served in some capacity or another on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, worked on several political campaigns, and engaged in lobbying at the state capitol, “for issues central to the equity and equality of our citizens.”

She is an advocate for a $15 an hour minimum wage, which was recently passed by the current Minneapolis City Council, to be phased in across the next seven years.

“By paying workers a minimum of fifteen dollars an hour, we insure our children will have an equitable chance of success,” Forslund wrote on her campaign site.

Forslund also advocates for increased transparency and accountability for law enforcement, as well as having an ambiguous call for “intersectionality” included as part of her campaign site.

Anders Koskinen