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“So long as Winton is in the top three and he is close, he has a chance on a second or third round of balloting. I doubt he can overcome a double-digit deficit but he could win. Such a victory might help the city in terms of party competition and give state GOP legislators a reason to care about the city.”
Winton once worked on a mayoral campaign for Sam Katz, a Republican who narrowly lost to a Democrat in Philadelphia in 1999. He said he knows he could work with a DFL-dominated City Council because he lives with his wife, Emily, a DFL delegate.
“I love it here,” Winton said. “It should be the most livable community in the country, but we’re not there yet.”
During our meeting, he bristled at being called “an ideological outlier,” saying, “I’m not an ideologue.”
Winton has campaigned while keeping his day job at an alternative energy company that services wind turbines. The company that brought him here, Outland Energy Services, has since been sold to Duke Energy Corp.
Winton said all 120 employees profited from the sale, but as an executive he would have to stay on two years to collect his profits. That makes his run for mayor a bit counterintuitive.
You can argue with Winton’s vision of the city, and whether his eyes are “fresher” than anyone else’s. But there is no question Winton is working as hard as anyone.
He’s on a flexible schedule with his job, but seems almost defiant that he will quickly return to it.
“Oh, I will be the next mayor of Minneapolis,” he said confidently.
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