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Continued: The final push: Mayoral candidates criss-cross Minneapolis

Next, Samuels riffed on a conversation with another voter, saying that children — like pretty girls and atomic particles — all act differently when someone is paying attention to them.

Never read Harry Potter?

You might think a political candidate could make no worse a blunder than to tell a classroom of sixth-graders that he’d do everything he could as mayor to make their school day longer.

“You have unredeemed yourself,” student Ian Mac- Kimm told Cam Winton bluntly after Winton confessed he wants a 10-hour school day.

But on this Halloween day, kids reacted with shrieks and gasps of disbelief to Winton’s other bombshell. “I’ve never read a Harry Potter book,” he confessed to student Marshall Murdoch Meyer, who had asked Winton’s favorite book. “Getting to Yes,” the 1981 bestselling primer on negotiating that Winton named, didn’t resonate with the kids.

But Winton redeemed himself with his movie choice: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

He told the kids at Upper Mississippi Academy, a charter school where a friend of his teaches, that running for mayor is interesting but not necessarily fun. He’s taking an unpaid leave from his job, doesn’t see his kids much and some people tell him that his stands on various issues are terrible.

But he’s following a dream and tells the students that they can, too. “If you work your tail off, take advice from good people, you can go as far as you want,” he told them. “I have no idea if I’m going to win. If I lose, that’s OK.”

He then headed home to take his toddlers out for Halloween candy — sans campaign brochures.


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