Pol races are on: Primary Aug. 14


Who’s running for what in local elections, and how will the elections work?

Some offices will have a primary election Aug. 14, with two candidates for each office (or one from each party) moving on to the Nov. 6 general election. Those include non-partisan offices that have more than twice as many candidates as positions to be elected, and partisan offices that have more than one candidate from a given party.

(Some non-partisan offices have all candidates run in the general election.)

The most popular office, by a long shot, is the special election for the Hennepin County Commissioner seat previously held by Mark Stenglein. It’s for District 2, and it covers St. Anthony, Northeast Minneapolis, North Minneapolis and some suburban areas west of Minneapolis, and 10 candidates have filed.

They are: Leslie Davis, Steve Dehler, Rolf Erickson, Linda Higgins, Tonia Johnson, Kathleen Murdock, Paula Pentel, Don Samuels, Roger Smithrud and Blong Yang.

Samuels and Higgins already hold office. Samuels is a Minneapolis City Council member representing part of North Minneapolis, and can remain in office if he does not win the county commissioner race. Higgins is a state senator representing North Minneapolis, who had announced she would not run for re-election before the county commissioner seat became available.

For Northeast Minneapolis, State Senate candidates include incumbent DFLer Kari Dziedzic, Republican Mark Lazarchic and Independence Party candidate Rahn Workcuff.

For Northeast Minneapolis State Representative, candidates include incumbent DFLer Diane Loeffler and Republican Brent Millsop.

Northeast voters will vote for a Minneapolis School Board member at large; candidates are incumbent Carla Bates, Janice Harmon, Doug Mann and Willis Trueblood.

Columbia Heights voters will elect a mayor, two council members, three school board members, a state representative and a state senator. The state senate and representative districts include St. Anthony.

Candidates for mayor include Bob Odden, incumbent Gary Peterson and Gregory Sloat. Candidates for City Council include Ramona Anderson, Adrian Durand, Jimmy Edworthy, Stan Hoium, Kate Meyer, incumbent Bruce Nawrocki, Catherine Vesley and incumbent Bobby Williams.

Candidates for school board include Jon Foss, incumbent Ted Landwehr, John Larkin, Lori Meyer, Grant Nichols, Mike Peterson and incumbent Keith Roberts.

Candidates for State Representative in District 41B, which includes Columbia Heights, Hilltop and St. Anthony, include incumbent DFLer Carolyn Laine, Republican Laura Palmer and Constitution Party member Timothy Utz.

Candidates for State Senate in District 41, which includes Columbia Heights, Hilltop, St. Anthony and other communities to the north, include Republican Gina Bauman and incumbent DFLer Barb Goodwin.

Look for Aug. 14 primary elections for Hennepin County Commissioner, Minneapolis School Board Member at Large, Columbia Heights Mayor, Columbia Heights City Council and Columbia Heights School Board.