About Ward 5
Ward 5 is located in the north-central part of the city and includes parts of the Como, North End, Payne-Phalen, and Railroad Island neighborhoods. The ward is bordered to the west by Lake Como and the world-class Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Spanning east, Ward 5 encompasses Loeb Lake, the Rice Street business corridor, and the new Trout Brook Nature Preserve and extends past 35E to Edgerton Avenue. Ward 5 is one of the most diverse areas of the city and offers a variety of housing, recreation, and commercial opportunities for residents and visitors.
View a map of the ward as of January 2023.
About Councilmember HwaJeong Kim
Councilmember HwaJeong Kim is an organizer, Korean American, nonprofit executive director, and graduate of Hamline University in Saint Paul. She is a proud North End resident who was first inspired to get involved through volunteering at the Rice Street branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. She went on to serve as part of the North End Neighborhood Organization, the Saint Paul Planning Commission and its zoning committee. From 2018 to 2021, she was the Legislative Aide for Ward 5.
Councilmember Kim has spent the last several years working to elect diverse, progressive candidates to offices throughout Saint Paul. She currently serves as the executive director of Minnesota Voice, a nonprofit focused on voting rights, voting access, civic engagement, and education.
Councilmember Kim joined the Saint Paul City Council in 2024.