Phillipe won his race for a seat on Minneapolis’ city council. He is the first openly transgender Black man to be elected to public office anywhere in the United States.
Running for: Minneapolis (MN) City Council, Ward 4
Party affiliation: Democrat
Election date: November 7, 2017
The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund endorsed Phillipe Cunningham for Minneapolis City Council. Along with Andrea Jenkins, Cunningham is one of two Black transgender candidates in the City Council race this year. After winning his election, he became the first openly transgender man to be elected to public office in the United States.
Cunningham has over ten years of experience as a teacher and a youth worker, and has also served on the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee and as a senior policy aide and advisor in the Minneapolis Mayor’s Office.