McLaughlin and the stadium


Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin has released new campaign literature that touts his record on the environment, transit, education, and economic development. Not surprisingly, the longtime incumbent makes no mention of his support for a new Twins stadium, a vote he stressed last week would help the city “thrive.”

McLaughlin, who was trounced last fall in a mayoral match-up with R.T. Rybak, may be as vulnerable as he’s ever been in his four terms on the county board, given his unpopular votes on the stadium and the county smoking ban (which he opposed). He remains the favorite here, but Green Party endorsee Farheen Hakeem is campaigning hard on the stadium and smoking ban issues, as well as on the need for reforms in the county’s child protection and foster care programs.

Because this is a nonpartisan race, the September 12 primary, which pits Hakeem and anti-stadium candidate Jan Nye against McLaughlin, will offer a clearer picture of just how vulnerable McLaughlin really is.