St. Paul City Councilman Dave Thune is retiring, leaving his ward 2 seat open this election. The DFL, the dominant party in St. Paul, met Sunday to consider endorsing a successor to Thune, but none of the candidates was close to the required 60%.
On the seventh ballot Rebecca Noecker had 35.8% of the vote, Marit Brock had 32.3% and Darren Tobolt had 31.3%. A fourth candidate, Louis Garcia withdrew before the results of the first ballot was announced.
There will be no political primary. The general election is on November 3 and will be decided by ranked-choice ballot, which allows multiple candidates. Candidate filings officially open in July.
The ability to run in the general election apparently made candidates in other city council wards unwilling to concede. The only DFL Ward that endorsed a candidate this past weekend was Ward 6, where incumbent Dan Bostrom was endorsed.
Video of candidates answering questions
Before the balloting began, the candidates held a question and answer session. Video of that session is above.
Below is our liveblog of the convention generated by following the Twitter hashtag #DFLward2.