New Minneapolis city councilor sworn in

The newest Minneapolis City Council member was officially sworn in on Tuesday.

Aurin Chowdhury became the new representative for Ward 12 during a ceremony shortly after noon.

As previously reported by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Chowdhury won this month’s election, defeating Luther Ranheim after taking 53.8% of the votes. Her previous experience includes serving as the senior policy aid to council member Jason Chavez.

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Chowdhury takes over for Andrew Johnson, who stepped down before completing his term to take a new job. On Tuesday morning, Johnson sent out a letter to those he represented, and included this in part:

“Well friends, my time in office has come to an end. I want to thank you, the people of Ward 12, for giving me the opportunity to serve you over the past decade, and for your tremendous support along the way. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure.

“Today at noon, Aurin Chowdhury will be sworn-in as our next council member. I am excited to see her take the helm, knowing that she is prepared and eager to begin the work. It has been wonderful getting to know her and I look forward to continuing to be a resource and supporting her success in the role.”

Former Minneapolis City Councilor Andrew Johnson

The other new councilor-elect, Katie Cashman, is expected to be sworn in in early January.