Meg Tuthill, activist and business owner, won a surprisingly quick victory at the Tenth Ward DFL endorsing convention for Minneapolis City Council. After getting 58.2 percent on the first ballot, she went on to win with 62.6 percent on the second ballot. Many were expecting a drawn-out battle with her opponent, Matt Filner, but this did not prove to be the case.
Filner came into the race with many endorsements, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, four city council members and a number of legislators. Tuthill said that she did not seek endorsement from officials not living in the Ward. At this time, Filner has not said whether he will run in the primary in September.
Tuthill, 60, lives in the Wedge, is a founding member of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association and has spent decades advocating issues concerning schools, parks, zoning and neighborhoods. She is the co-owner of Tuthill’s Balloon Emporium on Hennepin Avenue. She was already intending to challenge
incumbent Ralph Remington when he decided not to run again. Meg said in her speech that she would work for more police patrols, noting that her store was recently held up and it took 45 minutes for the police to get there. She also said how her retail business experience gives her the ability to perform customer service for the residents of the ward.
The convention was held Saturday, April 18 at Jefferson Middle School. The 194 delegates attending also elected DFL ward officials and representatives to the DFL City Convention.
Gary Farland is a board member for ECCO and the UNN and lives in ECCO.
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