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Also running is Kale Severson, a community activist and a member of the Green Party.
12th Ward, including Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, Hiawatha, Ericsson
Three candidates head into Election Day with big-name endorsements, though DFLer Andrew Johnson has amassed the most support.
Johnson’s aggressive campaign blocked incumbent Sandy Colvin Roy from snagging the DFL endorsement this spring. Colvin Roy, a veteran of the council, later stopped running and endorsed consultant Ben Gisselman. Johnson has labor support, in addition to endorsements from Mayor R.T. Rybak and several council members.
The Green Party has endorsed Chris Lautenschlager, a communications director at an art gallery.
Johnson, who is experienced in IT, would like the city to make more information easily accessible online, such as checkbook-level spending details, council votes and landlord violations.
Gisselman strongly opposes any efforts for the city to municipalize its utilities. Johnson and Lautenschlager both have expressed support for the idea.
Independent Charlie Casserly is also running.
13th Ward 13, including Armatage, East Harriet, Fulton, Kenny, Linden Hills
Four candidates are vying to succeed Council Member Betsy Hodges, who is giving up her seat to run for mayor, in the city’s affluent southwestern corner, where density and property tax issues dominate.
The DFL has endorsed UnitedHealth Group product development manager Linea Palmisano, who wants to hire more police officers and who supports a “zero-waste” city.
Community organizer and DFLer Matt Perry supports development in surface parking lots downtown as well as “micro-density.”
Missy Durant, also a DFLer, wants to protect funding for key services such as police, fire, sanitation and maintenance, while also keeping taxes steady.
Bob Reuer, an independent who owns a small business, wants to strengthen police and fire services and supports a downtown casino.
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