Minneapolis Council races are set: Wards 5-7
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Aug 31, 2013
There were late-starting campaigns in some of these. I’m not going to label anyone “unserious,” but I’m not going to spill a lot of ink on the late entrants, either. If any of them and/or their supporters feel that they’re being shorted, here’s recourse. My source for who’s running is the Minneapolis elections website.
Ward 5: The incumbent, Don Samuels, is running for mayor. Three DFLers are looking to replace him: Blong Yang, Ian Alexander, and Brett Buckner.(There was no DFL endorsement.) The Green Party candidate is Kale Severson. Right now, I’d call this the most wide open and unpredictable of the Council elections, especially with Ranked Choice Voting and Ward 5’s historic tendency to low turnout.
Ward 6: Post-redistricting, there are a lot of Somalis in this ward, and that helped Abdi Warsame to easily secure DFL endorsement. Incumbent Robert Lilligren (DFL) accused the Warsame campaign of playing dirty while doing so. There’s been an accusation in the other direction of stuffing the ballot with misleading candidacies – you can see for yourself, at the elections website linked above. I don’t think that the surplus of Somali names on the ballot will impact the general, but the presence of Mahamed Cali might.(He ran before, in 2009.) Also note that one of the late names, Abdi Addow, says that he’s for real.
Abdi Addow, an accounting consultant, said he filed to run …“because I think I can unite this community.” He said he didn’t announce his candidacy earlier, in advance of the caucuses and endorsing convention, because those events were all a show. He added that he doesn’t know Lilligren, though he knows of Abdi Warsame.
“Governor Dayton was not endorsed by the DFL and he’s the governor … it didn’t make any sense to waste a lot of time and so I said,‘OK, let me wait,’” said Addow.
By no means am I writing Lilligren off.
Ward 7: The DFL incumbent, Lisa Goodman, is unopposed.
#2 Sep 1, 2013
Republicans are even mounting a serious effort anymore in Minneapolis.
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