In addition to Bloomington, five west metro suburbs have elections for mayor and City Council seats on the Nov. 5 ballot. Here are the candidates, city by city.
Three of five at-large City Council seats are up for election.
Incumbents Paula Pentel and DeDe Scanlon are not running for re-election. Nine candidates are running for those seats, and the top two will join the council.
Those candidates are Larry Fonnest, Simon Gottlieb, Bob Hernz, Greg Keivit, Chris Miller, Gillian Uecker Rosenquist, Paul David Scofield, Jacquelyn Smith and Andy Snope.
The third seat is held by Steven Schmidgall, who was appointed to the council last year to fill the seat of a member who was elected to the Legislature. Schmidgall is seeking to retain the seat and will face challenger John Giese.
A candidates forum can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3EV0W0uQ2s&feature=youtu.be.
Mayor's seat, two City Council seats up for election.
Mayor Eugene "Gene" Maxwell is facing challengers Anthony Ray Bostic and Garold Healy.
Two council members will be elected from a field of five. Incumbents Kristi A. Halverson and Cheryl Youakim are seeking re-election, and Jeremy Grenz, Mark Kociemba and Rachel Seurer also are running for council seats.
A candidates forum can be found at: http://hopkinsmn.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=101.
Two City Council seats are uncontested
Incumbents Linda Betts and Brad Spencer are the only candidates for the two City Council seats on the ballot.
Mayor Terry Schneider vs. challenger Grace Sheely
In Minnetonka, Mayor Terry Schneider is running for re-election against challenger Grace Sheely. There also are two City Council seats up for election, with incumbent Dick Allendorf running against Angela Griffin for the council member at large Seat A while incumbent Patty Acomb runs for re-election for council member at large Seat B against challenger Brian Grogan.
A candidates forum can be watched at: http://eminnetonka.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1105.
St. Louis Park
Four City Council seats open; two are contested
Ward 1 and Ward 2 Council Members Sue Sanger and Anne Mavity are unopposed. In Ward 3, incumbent Sue Santa is facing challenger Gregg Lindberg. In Ward 4, where incumbent Julia Ross has decided to give up her seat, newcomers Tim Brausen and Bill Theobald are running.
A candidates forum can be viewed at: http://www.stlouispark.org/.
Staff writers Kelly Smith, Mary Jane Smetanka and Tom Meersman contributed to this report.