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“We worked incredibly hard and knocked and called 60,000 times during the last six months,” said Bender, who won the DFL endorsement, while her campaign celebrated at Bryant Lake Bowl.
In north Minneapolis’ Fifth Ward, attorney Blong Yang had the lead in first- and second-place votes, though not a plurality. The Hmong candidate would take the place of Don Samuels, who gave up his seat to run for mayor.
He hesitated to say that he had won outright. “Assuming that I won, I feel fantastic,” said Yang, 37.
Like Yang, Alondra Cano in the Ninth Ward had the lead, but not a majority of votes. The DFLer would be the first Mexican-American to serve on the council if she wins the close race against Socialist Alternative candidate Ty Moore.
Andrew Johnson, 29, triumphed in the southeast corner’s Twelfth Ward, which was vacated by longtime Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy.
Linea Palmisano, 37, had the lead in southwest Minneapolis’ Thirteenth Ward, left open by Council Member Betsy Hodges to run for mayor, but it was unclear Tuesday evening whether she had enough support to win after second- and third-choice votes were counted.
Staff writers M.L. Smith and Steve Brandt contributed to this report.
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