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Continued: Editorial endorsements: Minneapolis Wards 9-11

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 30, 2013 - 2:09 PM

This south-central area of Minneapolis has relatively stable neighborhoods, along with challenges such as airport noise, traffic speeds and increasing property taxes.

Incumbent John Quincy, 51, is seeking a second term and deserves to be re-elected. He is endorsed by the DFL Party, TakeAction Minnesota and several major unions.

Quincy has an MBA and had his own marketing consulting business before joining the council in 2009. He has become an expert advocate for his ward on airport issues and uses his business background to raise important city budget questions. He wants to continue to focus on growing the city’s property tax base, supporting affordable housing, rebuilding infrastructure and expanding transit options.

As a longtime volunteer with youth and school programs, he serves on the city’s Youth Coordinating Board and works with the county, park and school boards to improve outcomes for kids.

Also running are Matthew Steele, 27, a bank information technology employee, and Bob Schlosser, 67, a retired Hennepin County deputy sheriff and former small-business owner. Steele is endorsed by the Independence Party but says he is running as an independent progressive.


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

An earlier version of this editorial listed Nate Griggs as a candidate in the 10th Ward. Although his name will be on the ballot, Griggs states that he is no longer seeking election.

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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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