St. Paul has elected its first Hmong-American City Council member. Dai Thao beat six other candidates to fill out the term of Melvin Carter, who stepped down earlier this year.
Minneapolis' election this year was the first major test of ranked-choice voting in Minnesota and the first time it came into play in a hotly contested mayor's race. So far, most of the reviews are good, even though the ballots haven't all been tallied.
Minneapolis City Council Member Betsy Hodges has declared victory in the race to become the city's next mayor. Votes are still being tabulated, because of the city's complicated ranked-choice voting system, but Hodges says her main opponents have called her to concede.
Council Member Betsy Hodges has a strong lead among first-choice votes, but under the city's ranked-choice voting system, second- and third-choice votes also come into play.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News reporter Curtis Gilbert, who explained ranked-choice voting, and the long ballot with 35 candidates on it in Minneapolis.
This is the most hotly contested mayor's race Minneapolis has seen in 20 years. The eight leading candidates met for the last time before Tuesday's election in a debate that ended with "Kumbaya."
If Mayor Chris Coleman and challenger Tim Holden agree on anything, it's that Tuesday's election is a referendum on Coleman's two terms in office.
The candidates particularly disagree on public subsidies for big downtown development projects, including the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and a big, new downtown hotel.
This year's election represents a major test for ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis. Thirty-five candidates are competing in the most hotly contested mayor's race the city has seen in 20 years. This video explains how the votes will be counted.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges draws a sharp contrast to her rival Mark Andrew by opposing building a publicly-subsidized hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
While the race for mayor of Minneapolis features 35 candidates, the race for mayor of St. Paul is decidedly less competitive this year. Incumbent Chris Coleman has drawn just three challengers. They met for their first first debate last night.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis.
With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's.
Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race.
Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice.