Minneapolis election update

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On Tuesday, November 3, the date of the General Election, Minneapolis’s leadership for the coming years will be determined. In the meantime, there’s a lot of activity with potential for change. Candidate rosters will not be finalized until the deadline for filing on July 21.

Ranked Choice Voting

The 2009 election will used Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for the first time – maybe – unless a challenge in the courts prevails or the City Council determines the city is not ready to implement RCV, also known as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

If RCV is used all candidates appear on the November ballot and there is no Primary Election. If not, there will be a primary election on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Confused about RCV, previously known as IRV? You’re not alone. For more information go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/elections/rcv.asp.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Uptown will have at least one new representative on the Minneapolis Park Board, maybe two.

Anita Tabb is the candidate for District 4, at this time the only candidate. She is running for the seat being vacated by Tracy Nordstrom and is endorsed by the Minneapolis DFL Party. More information at www.anitatabb.com

Brad Bourn is running for the District 6 seat, currently occupied by Bob Fine. Both sought DFL Party endorsement with Bourn prevailing. Fine says he’ll run without party endorsement. For more information on Bourn go to www.bradbournforparks.org; for Fine 612-230-6443 ext. 6 or bfine@minneapolisparks.org.

District 4 is the area of Southwest Minneapolis that is north of Lake Street plus the section from Lake Street the 36th Street and Hennepin Avenue to Lake Calhoun. District 6 covers the area from Lake Street to the Minneapolis city limits on 62nd Street.

Candidates known at this time for the Park Board’s city-wide seats are incumbents, Mary Merrill Anderson and John Erwin, plus Tom Nordyke who is returning having served previously.

Update 6/19: “There is another candidate besides those mentioned. Incumbent Annie Young. Also Mary Merrill Anderson and Tom Nordyke, current President of the Board are the incumbents. John Erwin is a candidate who served previously and wants back on the Board. They have all been in the race since the beginning of the year. Nordyke, Anderson and Erwin all received DFL endorsement while Young is a Green Party endorsed candidate.” -Annie Young

Minneapolis City Council

Council representatives for all thirteen wards of the City will be on the ballot. Uptown is in the 10th Ward. The current council member, Ralph Remington, is not running for re-election. Meg Tuthill who was endorsed by the DFL Party is the only candidate at this time but others have until July 21 to file.

Mayor and Board of Estimate and Taxation will also be on the ballot.

For more information on City elections go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/elections/.

Charter Commission Changes

The Charter Commission meets at 4 p.m. on June 3 in Council Chamber, Room 317 City Hall to decide if Charter changes will be placed on the ballot in the fall. Four public hearings have been held with several hundred people attending, many voicing opinions.

The changes that may be placed on the ballot involve restructuring of city administration to add the position City Administrator, eliminating the Board of Estimate and Taxation and restructuring of the city’s Park Board to eliminate services that are duplicative with the City.

For further information contact Kim Malrick, Ward 10 Policy Aide, 673.3314, Kim.Malrick@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

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