Two challengers have accused current 9th Ward Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano of using racially-motivated tactics to derail their campaigns.
Mohamed Farah and former 9th Ward City Council member Gary Schiff, who is vying to regain the seat, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a challenge of delegate legitimacy by Cano could not be seen "as anything but racially motivated."
Cano submitted a list of people she said were not properly registered at the precinct caucuses and as such should be stricken as delegates and not be allowed to cast their votes at the City Convention this July.
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"Everybody in Minnesota should be outraged by this," Farah said. "And when I see an elected official suppressing voters just because they don't agree with her and just because they are going to vote against her, I mean, that is the new Jim Crow in 2017."
Schiff, who held the 9th Ward seat for 12 years, said it is hard to take Cano's challenge as anything else but racially motivated.
"I will tell you that convention's going to be a whole lot whiter if that's what happens in this instance," Schiff said. "And the fact that they all happen to be Somali-Americans really taints the process in a way that I am not sure we can recover from such a move."
On her Facebook page, Cano posted a statement outlining the challenge and said there were a number of irregularities in the caucus process.
"These include having people who don't live in our ward participating in our caucus and others becoming delegates in precincts where they don't live," the post reads.
Cano did not address assertions that her efforts were "racially motivated."
A DFL committee will make a recommendation at a Tuesday night meeting and forward it to the convention, where a final decision will be made on the delegates and their right to vote from the convention floor.
KSTP attempted to reach Cano Sunday by phone, email and by contacting her campaign, but did not receive a response.
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