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Here's Star Tribune coverage of the candidates and issues in this year's political races in the city of Minneapolis.
A voter whose ballot was rejected got help from an election official at Elliot Recreation Center. The ballot had marks the machine couldn’t read accurately.
Across the city, many voters expressed a mix of exasperation and amusement at the list, calling it “absurd,” “ridiculous” and “silly.”
The low filing fee of $20 and the lack of a primary election due to ranked-choice voting bloated the field of candidates this year in the race to replace Mayor R.T. Rybak, whose decision to bow out after three terms helped spark the run.)
Blong Yang, newly elected Minneapolis City Council member, packed up his lawn signs on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in north Minneapolis. Yang will be the first Hmong city council member.
Many eyes this summer have been focused on the race to succeed R.T. Rybak as mayor, but similar battles are playing out in neighborhoods across the city over City Council seats.
The audience listened to Minneapolis mayoral candidates recently at the Mill City Museum. The debate focused on education issues.
Minneapolis hopefuls are racing to Tuesday, trying to capture as many votes as they can in the ranked-choice system.
Planning to vote Tuesday? Here's what you need to know.
Minneapolis real estate developer Kelly Doran in 2011.
A look at donations in the mayoral race offers hints of future alliances.
In a speech billed as the "closing argument" after a year-long campaign, Betsy Hodges on Thursday accused opponent Mark Andrew of trying to "buy his way into the mayor's office."
Hennepin County Elections worker Luke Belant demonstrated how a ballot will be cast in a new generation of election machines (this one on display at the Hennepin County Government Center).
Mark Andrew’s sum easily outstrips that of second-place rival Betsy Hodges.
Hennepin County will be posting updated campaign finance reports throughout the day Tuesday, offering the last glimpse of campaign strength heading into Election Day.
The 13-member body also could gain its first Hispanic member or first Socialist in years.
Crowded ballot, ranked voting create unpredictable mayoral race in Minneapolis.
Deadline of Oct. 15 is past for the second-half payment
Four candidates for the Sixth Ward’s City Council seat met this week to discuss their campaign platforms for the first time since the DFL convention, when challenger Abdi Warsame won the party endorsement on a wave of East African enthusiasm for electing one of their own.
Voters crowded into Bryant Square Park Tuesday night to hear from the two candidates locked in a competitive race to represent the Uptown area on the City Council.
Forget mudslinging, attack ads and name-calling. The major candidates in Minneapolis’ most competitive election in a generation are playing nice.
Jefferson Community School teacher Kim Kiedrowski talked about the U.S. flag in her 1st/2nd grade class as Samukai Kromah and Miky Amare, both 7, looked on at right. While the Minneapolis mayor has no power over the school system, education issues are a top concern of city residents and, therefore, of the candidates.
A look at top Minneapolis contenders’ ideas — and a reality check on them.
Mayoral candidate Cam Winton, 34, has an extensive education but little political experience.
A lawyer, he wants less business regulation and better services in city.
Mayoral candidate Don Samuels has made education one of his top priorities in the campaign.
He brings experience as a minister, business executive and council member.
Betsy Hodges, a City Council member and a candidate for Minneapolis mayor, spoke to supporters as they canvassed late last month.
She said her life changed after watching the Rodney King beating in 1992.
Volunteer Dan Albertson, left, and mayoral candidate Dan Cohen made house calls in north Minneapolis.
He wants to bring casino to downtown and end Vikings stadium deal.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew chatted Thursday at an event for City Council Member Kevin Reich.
Former Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Andrew touts his eco-friendly projects and liberalism and has more campaign donations than any of his opponents in the crowded 35-candidate field for Minneapolis mayor.
Voters in the Third Ward received a mailer this week (right) alerting them to a fundraiser for Diane Hofstede featuring Gov. Mark Dayton.
With 350 days left in his term, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced...
Minneapolis mayoral candidates have been largely quiet about property taxes that have gone up sharply over the past decade.
Voters in southeastern Minneapolis got a fleeting glimpse Saturday of the four candidates vying to represent them on the City Council at a forum just off Lake Street.
Chants and drum beats opened a mayoral forum Thursday evening at an American Indian art gallery, where the gaggle of candidates criticized Columbus Day and promised to include local tribes in their decision-making if elected.
The leading Ward 12 contenders, both DFLers, are among a field of five vying for an open City Council seat in south Minneapolis.
A mayoral debate this week took a “Secret Santa” turn when candidates selected each other’s names at random to ask them one question.
Candidates for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board say there’s something for everyone in the parks.
Margie Baxter looked over ranked-choice voting materials while Anissa Hollingshead of the Minneapolis City Clerk’s office gave a presentation to a meeting of the Minneapolis Highrise Representative Council last week. Hollingshead explained the new voting method and answered questions from the audience, made up mostly of seniors.
The city ramps up education efforts, while mayoral campaigns strategize.
Candidates for mayor expressed near-unanimous endorsement of protected bike lanes at a transportation forum Tuesday night, while also criticizing a plan to build streetcars along Nicollet Avenue.
Four candidates running for City Council in the Third Ward promised to ease business regulations but clashed over density and streetcars in a Wednesday night campaign forum before the business set of Northeast Minneapolis.
Can Dan Cohen once again find happiness in the Republican Party? Will Mark Andrew’s courtship of the Democrats grow into a full-fledged love affair? While you've seen a lot about the pair's campaign for mayor this fall, these questions were asked in a 1982 article about their race for Hennepin County commissioner.
The 30-second spot, running on cable and possibly networks, features firefighter union secretary Joe Mattson highlighting Andrew's work on recycling, LGBT issues, childcare and women's pay equity.
Cam Winton and Betsy Hodges during a September mayoral forum.
Mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff said Thursday that Vikings stadium boosters at City Hall misled the public during the 2012 debate, adding that city spending should be more transparent.
Top mayoral candidates are still reticent about sharing their second and third choices for mayor, but are now offering more insight into their consideration.
Four people vying to succeed Council Member Betsy Hodges representing one of the city's most affluent wards discussed development and other local issues at a forum Thursday night.
Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson speaks to the media during a news c...
Campaign Notebook: Orchestra lockout, minimum wage and affordable housing take center stage.
Betsy Hodges supporters formed an outside group.
Attorney Brian Rice, in his office, is considered a vital person by many considering a run for office in Minneapolis.
Political operative Brian Rice is an influential but divisive Mpls. power broker.
A large group of Somali Americans voted via absentee ballots Thursday at Minneapolis City Hall. The highly mobilized immigrant community is putting at least one incumbent in danger this election. Two others are battling against youthful, energized activism.
Three council members face formidable foes, shifting demographics.
A new independent committee can pour unlimited funds into efforts backing Mark Andrew.
Many mayoral candidates expressed skepticism Thursday night over a plan to divert more than $60 million in property taxes to pay for streetcars, which received unanimous approval from the City Council this June.
Weak campaign finance laws in Minneapolis and statewide allow the public few timely disclosures on how candidates raise their money, and a roomful of students at a mayoral campaign forum at the University of Minnesota Tuesday night didn’t pick up many details from the contenders.
Four candidates vying to replace longtime Council Member Don Samuels met Tuesday evening to share their views on bolstering one of the city’s most struggling wards. Ian Alexander, Kale Severson, Brett Buckner and Blong Yang generally agreed that it was key to attract more jobs and development to the North Side, and vowed to advocate for minority hiring goals.
it’s showtime: There are so many minor party candidates vying for the job of Minneapolis mayor that several of them have banded together to form a “Mayoral Council” that meets weekly to advance their causes. The council met for the sixth time Wednesday.
It was a chilly morning for an outdoor political forum Saturday, but five candidates seeking to replace outspoken Council Member Gary Schiff endured the cold at the Midtown Farmers Market to discuss crime, sustainability and housing issues.
Knowing who you support for mayor may be half the challenge at the polls this Election Day. The other half will be locating them among a list of 35 candidates.
A campaign forum at the Minneapolis Club was one of the liveliest the city’s mayoral race has seen all year, with candidates sharpening distinctions between their platforms and one uninvited contender even jumping up to protest his exclusion.
Despite unanimous support from the City Council, voters are split on City Hall's ambitions to build a streetcar through the heart of Minneapolis, according to a poll conducted for the Star Tribune.
Minneapolis election officials are projecting that voter turnout on November 5 could reach 75 percent, far exceeding past records for city elections.
The audience listened to Minneapolis mayoral candidates Monday at the Mill City Museum. The debate focused on education issues.
Debate reflects a broadening public concern among voters over schools.
Crowded ballot, ranked voting create unpredictable mayoral race in Minneapolis.
Mayoral candidates Cam Winton and Stephanie Woodruff shared their views — but only with each other — on stage before a public forum on the arts Thursday.
Crowded mayoral forums give voters barely a snapshot of hopefuls.
From campaign ad for Jeffrey Alan Wagner, Minneapolis mayoral candidate
In ad, Jeffrey Wagner wades ashore, then rips campaign spending.
Those following the City Council races may be surprised to learn that more money has been spent this year in the battle for North Minneapolis' open seat -- $90,000 -- than any other race in the city.
Minneapolis City Hall
Nearly half of all money raised so far in the Minneapolis mayoral race originated outside the city, as the 35 candidates scramble near and far to raise money and their profiles in the race for leadership of the state’s largest city.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates took part in a debate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in March.
Months into grueling campaigns for Minneapolis mayor and City Council, campaign finance reports are offering the first peek at where the money is flowing.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates took part in a debate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in March.
Candidates Mark Andrew and Betsy Hodges have pulled in the most money so far in what is expected to be a very costly race.
“I would like us to follow the lead of these other states,” said Council Member Cam Gordon, who chairs the Elections Committee. “We are way behind what we should be doing.”
Minneapolis candidates file financial disclosures twice; other cities require more transparency.
Council Member Betsy Hodges picked up a mayoral endorsement today from Emily’s List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice female candidates around the country.
We like to believe that our democracy is powered by an educated electorate, smart voters who know the candidates and study the issues before heading into the voting booth.
No Republican can win a statewide election without capturing at least 40 percent of the vote in Hennepin County. And with the Minneapolis population rising, no GOP candidate can do that without winning at least 30 percent of the city’s vote.
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There is no love lost between Mark Andrew and Betsy Hodges after a testy exchange at a union forum on Monday night.
Already a hot topic of the Minneapolis mayoral campaign, education took center stage at dueling events across the city Monday as candidates touted their prescriptions for improving student achievement.
Ex-Mpls. Mayor Don Fraser says Samuels’ blueprint is the strongest.
Minneapolis City Council candidate Abdi Warsame with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.
The DFL-endorsed candidate is vying to replace City Council Member Robert Lilligren.
Following a number of recent reports concerning police misconduct, council member Betsy Hodges said Tuesday that the city needs to improve its system for monitoring officer behavior.
Responding to what has become one of the most contentious issues bearing down on City Hall, mayoral candidate Mark Andrew said Monday that a public vote on municipalization of the city's utility would be "reckless."
Mayoral candidate says he'll double city trees planted to 10,000 a year
Mark Lakosky speaks at City Hall Wednesday
Minneapolis firefighters are demanding that city officials increase department staffing levels, citing response times that remain below national standards.
"To build a streetcar line would be an epic mistake," Cam Winton said.
Riders on the bus cruising down Nicollet Mall Thursday were lost in their books and iPhones when Cam Winton started talking about streetcars.
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe endorses Schiff for mayor
Mark Andrew outside Minneapolis City Hall.
He says Minneapolis should lead by example, help build green jobs.
City council member Robert Lilligren left the convention after withdra...
Robert Lilligren abandoned his endorsement bid in the Sixth Ward, where challenger Abdi Warsame won the delegates’ support.
Hundreds of people crowded into the gym at the Bryan Coyle Center last week for Ward 6’s third precinct caucus. Challenger Abdi Warsame, left foreground, and incumbent Robert Lilligren, right, both spoke briefly. Between them was precinct chairman Habiib Farah.
As endorsing convention approaches, two campaigns have filed challenges against Abdi Warsame in the heavily Somali ward.
Hundreds of people crowded into the gym at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis to participate in the Sixth Ward’s third precinct DFL caucus Tuesday night. Participants raised their hands to show their interest in being elected as a delegate to the Sixth Ward convention.
East African immigrants were a strong presence at many DFL caucuses.
Mark Andrew announced his candidcy for Minnepaolis mayor at Washburn...
The council backed Mark Andrew this week, instead of waiting until after the June DFL convention.
The party’s stalwarts are meeting in their neighborhoods to select delegates who will decide which candidates get the party’s endorsement in the mayoral and City Council races.
Tina Smith, Dayton Chief of Staff.
Tina Smith said she is not going to run for Minneapolis' top elected post.
Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges announced her candidacy for the mayor’s job at an event at Honey in northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday.
City Council budget chair says the city is “poised to take advantage of this economic recovery.”
Minneapolis City Council member Diane Hofstede
During the first debate of Third Ward candidates for City Council last month, Diane Hofstede touted many of her accomplishments over eight years at City Hall. Among them was a federal program, created in Washington D.C., that has awarded $7 billion to areas across the country to buy and rehab foreclosed homes.
Mayoral candidate Gary Schiff garnered some audience reaction at last week's debate when he cited an obscure city position as a reason for overhauling Minneapolis' regulatory code.
Minneapolis mayoral candidates Mark Andrew, left, Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff, Jackie Cherryhomes and Don Samuels took part in a debate Wednesday in a packed auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The new Vikings stadium and rising city property taxes were among the main topics.
Debate came less than three weeks before the city DFL caucuses.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Cam Winton, an attorney for a wind energy company, is running as an independent.
In December, Mayor R.T. Rybak announced that he will step down. His wife, Megan O’Hara, and kids Grace and Charlie were at his side.
Ranked-choice voting could alter the nature of the election.
University of Minnesota student Kelsey Sievers, at right, listened as Jacob Frey talked to students and recent graduates on Thursday. “It’s a new Minneapolis,” said Frey, who is challenging Council Member Diane Hofstede.
Many eyes will be on the candidates vying to succeed outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak, but all 13 council seats are also up for grabs this year in the city's first major test of ranked-choice voting.
Minneapolis DFL Chair Dan McConnell
Union leader who also chairs the Minneapolis DFL was major proponent of Vikings stadium.
One of the most competitive races against a sitting member of the Minneapolis City Council is shaping up in the Uptown area, where three people are vying to replace Meg Tuthill.
The increases were amended to be smaller than originally proposed
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who isn't running for re-election.
The city is considering raising the fee to discourage frivolous candidates, but critics say it could dampen the spirit of democracy.
Mark Andrew launches campaign at Washburn High School
In an unusual vote of no-confidence in one of their colleagues, four council members officially endorsed the upstart opponent of Ward 3 representative Diane Hofstede on Wednesday.
One of the earliest rumored candidates for mayor, Council Member Gary Schiff, made his campaign official Tuesday before a packed room of supporters at a brewery in South Minneapolis.