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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.

  • Thumbs up for ranking choices; thumbs down for long list

    Article By: MATT MCKINNEY ,Star Tribune Publish November 6, 2013 2:00 AM / Update November 6, 2013 12:13 AM

    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.


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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.

  • MAP: Follow your City Council race

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update September 20, 2013 1:34 PM

    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.

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The audience listened to Minneapolis mayoral candidates recently at the Mill City Museum. The debate focused on education issues.

Minneapolis real estate developer Kelly Doran in 2011.

Betsy Hodges

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).

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  • Council Member Lilligren faces off against challengers in forum

    Article By: MAYARAO , Publish / Update October 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    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.

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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.

Mayoral candidate Cam Winton, 34, has an extensive education but little political experience.

Mayoral candidate Don Samuels has made education one of his top priorities in the campaign.

Betsy Hodges, a City Council member and a candidate for Minneapolis mayor, spoke to supporters as they canvassed late last month.

Volunteer Dan Albertson, left, and mayoral candidate Dan Cohen made house calls in north Minneapolis.

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Mark Andrew chatted Thursday at an event for City Council Member Kevin Reich.

With 350 days left in his term, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced...

Andrew Johnson

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.

  • Handsome newcomer, wily pro still campaigning 31 years later

    Article By: MAYARAO , Publish / Update October 15, 2013 2:08 PM

    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.

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  • Andrew group releases TV spot

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update October 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    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.

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Cam Winton and Betsy Hodges during a September mayoral forum.

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson speaks to the media during a news c...


Attorney Brian Rice, in his office, is considered a vital person by many considering a run for office in Minneapolis.

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.

Mark Andrew

  • Mayoral candidates vague on where they get campaign cash

    Article By: MAYARAO , Publish / Update September 26, 2013 7:29 PM

    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.

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  • Fifth ward candidates discuss healthy foods, sex offenders

    Article By: MAYARAO , Publish / Update September 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    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.

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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.

  • Open council seat brings five candidates to forum

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update September 22, 2013 1:57 PM

    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.

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  • Jabs sharpen at latest mayoral debate

    Article By: MAYARAO , Publish / Update September 19, 2013 1:38 PM

    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.

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  • Poll: Voters split on streetcar plan

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update September 19, 2013 1:26 PM

    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.

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The audience listened to Minneapolis mayoral candidates Monday at the Mill City Museum. The debate focused on education issues.

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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.

From campaign ad for Jeffrey Alan Wagner, Minneapolis mayoral candidate

Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis mayoral candidates took part in a debate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in March.

Minneapolis mayoral candidates took part in a debate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in March.

“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.”

Cam Winton

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  • Candidates tout education plans

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update August 12, 2013 10:46 PM

    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.

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Minneapolis City Council candidate Abdi Warsame with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

Mark Lakosky speaks at City Hall Wednesday

"To build a streetcar line would be an epic mistake," Cam Winton said.

Mark Andrew outside Minneapolis City Hall.

City council member Robert Lilligren left the convention after withdra...

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.

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.

Mark Andrew announced his candidcy for Minnepaolis mayor at Washburn...

  • Minneapolis DFL caucuses take place Tuesday night

    Article By: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune Publish April 13, 2013 2:00 AM / Update April 12, 2013 11:06 PM

    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.

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Tina Smith, Dayton Chief of Staff.

Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges announced her candidacy for the mayor’s job at an event at Honey in northeast Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Minneapolis City Council member Diane Hofstede

  • Fact check: Neighborhood stabilizaton program

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update April 3, 2013 2:24 PM

    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.

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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.

Cam Winton

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.

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.

Minneapolis DFL Chair Dan McConnell

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who isn't running for re-election.

  • Four on Council support Hofstede opponent

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update January 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    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.

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  • Schiff officially announces bid for mayor

    Article By: ERICROPER , Publish / Update January 29, 2013 3:13 PM

    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.

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