St. Paul Ward 3 City Council race

In St. Paul’s Third Ward, there is no incumbent. Looking toward the November general election, TC Daily Planet intern Nancy Huynh posed questions to Chris Tolbert and John Mannillo. Eve Stein and Tylor J. Slinger are also running in Ward 3, which includes Highland Park and most of Macalester Groveland neighborhoods in St. Paul. Ramsey County has a website with complete list of candidates in 2011 elections, and a precinct finder to identify your precinct and ward. TCDP: Why are you running for city council?John Mannillo: I’m running because I believe that we need a strong, experienced, and independent voice on the council that puts the needs of the neighborhood first.  I believe we can overcome any challenge, and I have real-world business and community-building experience that can help us overcome the challenges we face as a neighborhood and a city.Chris Tolbert: I was born and raised in this community, and I have benefitted from it greatly. Continue Reading

St. Paul Ward 6 city council candidate — Bee Kevin Xiong

Candidate Bee Kevin Xiong is running for St. Paul city council in Ward 6. Xiong, father of three and an East Side resident for almost 10 years, works as a real estate agent. His biggest goals are to improve housing and public safety, which are, according to Xiong, citywide issues but need extra attention in the sixth ward.Incumbent Dan Bostrom did not respond to requests for an interview, but there is a YouTube video of a candidate debate here.“[The number of] vacant homes [is] the highest in St. Paul. Continue Reading