Minnesota Supreme Court cancels recall election for embattled council member

February 11, 2024

A special election set for Tuesday to recall Columbia Heights City Council Member K.T. Jacobs was called off after the Minnesota Supreme Court found no grounds for claims of malfeasance.

Jacobs was accused of "unethical behavior" for making a racist phone call to a city council candidate two years ago.

A petition filed by a citizens' group argued that on grounds of malfeasance, Jacobs must be recalled.

This was going well until the Minnesota Supreme Court stepped in and sided with Jacobs, who has denied the allegations categorically since the beginning of this controversy.

Greg Joseph, Jacobs' attorney, issued a statement saying, "We're very happy. The court got it right. It never should have gotten this far, but it did."

Jacobs will remain in office until her term expires next year and at that point, it will be up to voters whether she will continue her career on the Columbia Heights City Council.