ST. PAUL: Chris Coleman elected mayor

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Chris Coleman has been elected mayor of St. Paul with about 70 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Randy Kelly.

A jubilant Coleman, speaking on KFAI Radio, praised his supporters. “This was a heck of an effort – a great victory,” he said.

His top priority when he takes office will be education, he said.

In some ways, the mayoral campaign was a referendum on George W. Bush’s presidency, due to Kelly’s endorsement of the Republican in last year’s presidential election.

“Obviously the endorsement of Bush played a lot into this,” Kelly acknowledged in an interview with KFAI Radio. “If you’re in this long enough, you’re gonna get beat.”

Shortly after the polls closed, Kelly conceded.

“He just made it official,” Benno Groeneveld reported from Kelly’s election night gathering at Bandana Square. “Randy Kelly said he just called Chris Coleman” and conceded.

Elizabeth Dickinson, the Green Party mayoral candidate who garnered 20 percent of the vote in the primary election, said she wasn’t surprised, given the voters’ poor response to Kelly’s endorsement of President George W. Bush last year.

However, she noted that Kelly “did not wage the kind of negative campaign he could have,” she said, speaking on KFAI Radio.

In the School Board race, with more than 80 percent of the precincts reporting, it appeared that the three DFL- and labor-endorsed candidates had won. Incumbent School Board chair Elona Street-Stewart was ahead, followed by incumbent John Brodrick and newcomer Tom Goldstein.

St. Paul races — Results

Mayor (with 104 of 104 precincts — 100% reporting)
*Chris Coleman* Winner – 69%
Randy Kelly (inc.) – 31%

School Board
*John Brodrick* (inc.) 26%
*Tom Goldstein* – 25%
Terry L. Lake – 7%
*Elona Street-Stewart* (inc.) – 27%
Rebecca Williamson – 13%
Lori Windels – 15%

These reports are the result of a collaboration between the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a newly-formed non-profit organization made up of reporters, editors, and other independent media professionals, and KFAI-Fresh Air Radio and its talented team of reporters, editors and on-air commentators.

The Election Team 2005 for this coverage includes Ann Alquist, Dana Buchwald, Mara Fink, Sumanth Gopinath, Benno Groeneveld, Megan Harms, Allison Herrera, Jenny Krol, Barb Kucera, Jodi Larson, Susan Leem, Bill Lindeke, Todd Melby, John See, Alexis Thompson and Jenny Zanner.

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