Four St. Paul City Council members will face challengers in the fall election, as the period to file for office this year in Ramsey County closed Tuesday.
Amy Brendmoen, a first-term DFLer who represents the Fifth Ward on the council, drew three opponents: David Glass, a DFL businessman; Frank Richie, who lives in the Payne-Phalen district; and David Sullivan-Nightengale, a safety engineer endorsed by the Independence Party. Neither Brendmoen nor Glass won DFL Party endorsement.
Longtime Sixth Ward incumbent Dan Bostrom, who has DFL backing, is opposed by Kevin Bradley, of the Greater East Side, and Edward Davis, who lives in the Payne-Phalen district.
Former school board member Tom Goldstein, an attorney and community activist, is challenging City Council President Russ Stark, who represents the Fourth Ward and is endorsed by the DFL.
Dai Thao, the First Ward council member who is seeking his first full term after being elected two years ago to fill a vacancy, will be opposed by Trahern Crews, a community organizer and spokesman for St. Paul’s Green Party. Thao is a DFLer but failed to win party endorsement last winter.
Six people are vying for the Second Ward seat, for which incumbent Dave Thune did not seek re-election. They are perennial candidate Sharon Anderson; Pat Fearing, a West End handyman; Bill Hosko, an art gallery owner who ran for the seat in 2011; Michael C. Johnson, who lives in the West End; nonprofit official Rebecca Noecker; and Ramsey County Board aide Darren Tobolt. The latter two candidates are DFLers who sought but failed to capture the party endorsement.
Two candidates, both endorsed by the DFL, are running unopposed. Chris Tolbert, an assistant Hennepin County attorney, is seeking his second term in the Third Ward. Jane Prince, an attorney and former City Council aide, is running for the Seventh Ward seat vacated last winter by Kathy Lantry when she was appointed the city’s public works director.