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Continued: Editorial endorsements: Minneapolis Wards 1-4

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 28, 2013 - 10:34 AM

Fourth Ward

Four-term incumbent Barbara Johnson, 64, faces DFLer Kris Brogan and Republican candidate Dan Niesen. Johnson is the best choice for her ward, and may again be the best choice to be elected president of the City Council.

Her experience and expertise will be needed on a council sure to have several new members. She should use her position to advocate for progrowth ideas, such as riverfront redevelopment, that would not only benefit her north Minneapolis ward, but the city as a whole.

To learn more about the endorsed candidates, go to their websites:,,, and

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    Over the past several weeks, members of the Star Tribune Editorial Board met with more than 50 candidates who will be on the Nov. 5 ballot in mayoral, City Council, school board, Park Board, and Board of Estimate and Taxation races in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    We’re making endorsements in 19 contested races in the two cities and have weighed in on the charter amendment initiative in Minneapolis. The endorsements represent only the views of the Editorial Board, based on its own candidate interviews and reporting. News reporters and editors are not involved in making endorsement decisions.

    As always, we welcome your opinions, especially if you disagree with our choices. Send your feedback in letters to the editor to

    Whether they generally agree with us or not, over the years readers have told us that they want our views on important issues of the day, including elections. In that spirit, we hope you’ll consider our endorsements in your deliberations. But even more important, we hope you’ll vote on Nov. 5.

    SCOTT GILLESPIE, editorial page editor

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