William Wilcoxen Feature Archive

State Sen. Randy Kelly defeated City Council member Jay Benanav in the race to succeed Norm Coleman as mayor of St. Paul. But Kelly won by only about 400 votes. (11/07/2001)
Voters in St. Paul will choose a new Mayor Tuesday. With Norm Coleman not seeking a third term, the race to succeed him has been a hard fought contest between Randy Kelly and Jay Benanav. The candidates met at the Fitzgerald Theater Sunday for the final debate of the campaign. (11/05/2001)
Voters in St. Paul choose a new mayor on Tuesday. State Sen. Randy Kelly and City Council member Jay Benanav have had plenty of chances to debate each other, and those meetings have clarified the candidates' differences. (11/01/2001)
Norm Coleman's decision not to seek a third term as mayor of St. Paul made for a crowded field of would-be successors this summer. But since the September 11 primary narrowed the list of candidates to two - Jay Benanav and Randy Kelly - the campaign has become more focused. Here's a profile of Jay Benanav. (10/31/2001)
St. Paul is often called a city of neighborhoods. The candidates in this year's mayoral race represent parts of the city that illustrate the strength and range of its neighborhoods. Randy Kelly represents the East Side in the state Senate. City Council member Jay Benanav represents the fourth ward, an area that includes Merriam Park and other western neighborhoods. (10/24/2001)
Voter turnout is typically low in off-year elections, when only local races are decided. But in St. Paul this year, at least one constituency claims to be more involved in the mayor's race. Some of the city's business leaders say their interest in local politics grew during the administration of Mayor Norm Coleman, and business people seem to be paying more attention than usual to the race to succeed Coleman. (10/11/2001)
Economic uncertainty is among the anxieties facing Americans in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A panel of business leaders and scholars met at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management Thursday night, to share views on the economic implications of last week's events. (09/21/2001)
DFLers Jay Benanav and Randy Kelly have emerged from the St. Paul mayoral field to face one another on the November ballot. The winner will succeed Norm Coleman, who is not seeking a third term as mayor. (09/12/2001)
Norm Coleman is not seeking a third term as mayor of St. Paul, but his imprint is visible on this year's race. The relationships of the major mayoral candidates to Coleman and his legacy are among the political angles at play in Tuesday's mayoral primary. (09/07/2001)
The six leading candidates in Saint Paul's mayoral race gathered at Concordia University for their last debate before Tuesday's primary. The six are competing for the City Hall office Norm Coleman is vacating after two terms. (09/05/2001)
St. Paul voters will elect a new mayor this year, with incumbent Norm Coleman stepping down after two four-year terms. Coleman's successor will likely come from a group of six candidates who have run the most aggressive mayoral campaigns. (09/04/2001)
St. Paul voters will soon narrow the field of candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Norm Coleman, who is not running for re-election. The two candidates emerging from the September 11 primary will likely come from a group that includes Jay Benanav, Randy Kelly, Jerry Blakey, Bob Long, Bob Kessler, and Bobbi Megard. We take a closer look at candidates Megard, Long, and Kessler. (08/31/2001)
In less than a month, St. Paul voters will narrow a crowded mayoral field from 16 candidates down to two. The six leading candidates in the primary race to succeed outgoing Mayor Norm Coleman took part in a forum on MPR's <i>Midday</i>. (08/15/2001)
Mayor Norm Coleman is sending his last budget proposal to the St. Paul City Council, and for the eighth straight year, the budget calls for no increase in city taxes. But Coleman, who is not seeking re-election, may be leaving City Hall just in time. Some city officials expect a slowing economy will make it more difficult to maintain St. Paul's recent pattern of avoiding tax increases without cutting services. (08/14/2001)