Minneapolis Mayor’s Race 2013

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SPECIAL REPORT: Ranked Choice Voting – The Minneapolis Experiment

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Watch other videos in this web series:  Video 2 – The Promises of RCV | Video #3 – Goodbye Primary, now what? | Video #4 – The Media and RCV | Video #5 – So you wish politicians could be nicer? | Video #6 – RCV, Money and Politics | Video #7 – Voter Participation | Video #8 – No Majority Winner | Video #9 – RCV: Good for Democracy
Reporting by Andy Birkey, Sheila Regan and Kathryn Nelson
Series Executive Producer: Jeff Achen

Minneapolis is the largest city between Chicago and Seattle, the coldest big city in America and it used to be one of the most Nordic places in the U.S. – a hotbed of Scandinavian and German cultures. Only one African-American had ever been elected mayor of Minneapolis: Sharon Sayles Belton who served from 1994 until 2001. Since the 1990s, the population of the flour-milling city that once prided itself—literally—on being the capital of White Bread was becoming a vibrant mix of Asian refugees, African immigrants, and Latino workers with growing communities of Somalis, Vietnamese and others adding their cultures to the existing African-American and Native American pockets in the city. The complexion of Minneapolis was changing fast, with almost 40 percent of the population made up of racial minorities, and demographers predicting that minorities will constitute a majority of the city’s 400,000 residents in the next decade or so. This change required political change.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Election: Betsy Hodges Almost Claims Victory; RCV Count Goes Slow

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It was a dark and stormy election day that began with frost on car windshields and ended with snow and slush that got more media attention than the voting, at least on the 10 p.m. TV newscasts. But the day also brought smiles to the faces of the proponents of Ranked Choice Voting, who liked what they saw as the new voting system got its first serious tests in the Twin Cities, and to supporters of Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges, who led in first-preference voting by a wide margin and seemed to be the odds-on favorite to formally claim victory Wednesday Continue Reading →

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ELECTION EVE SPECIAL: A Trove Of Coverage From The UpTake

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Still making up your mind about who to choose as your Top Three candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis?  

The UpTake is proud to present a last-minute Grab Bag of election stories going back to May, including one story on the Ward One St Paul City Council race and seven videotaped debates among the Minneapolis mayoral candidates. Our intent is merely to help you as you pull an All-Nighter and bone up on the issues and the candidates in Tuesday’s election. We start with our compendium of video interviews with 18 of the candidates for mayor, presented here in alphabetical order. (All 35 mayoral candidates were invited to talk to us; these 18 agreed, including six of the leading candidates: Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Dan Cohen, Betsy Hodges, Cam Winton and Stephanie Woodruff) . Continue Reading →

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New Citizens Step Up To The Voting Booth: Somalis Hold Key in Minneapolis’ Sixth Ward

Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan

Redistricting and changing demographics have put Minneapolis City Council incumbent Robert Lilligren on the defensive as he vies to keep his seat without the DFL endorsement in Ward 6. Lilligren’s main challenger is Abdi Warsame, a Somali candidate who wrested the DFL’s endorsement away from Lilligren, a three-term incumbent, and appears to have strong support in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, which has the highest population of immigrants in the city. Lilligren, an Ojibwe Indian, is the City Council’s openly gay vice president. He and Warsame have butted heads a couple of times, with Lilligren challenging Warsame’s capture of the DFL endorsement by complaining of intimidation tactics and homophobia during the DFL convention in June and Warsame volleying back by denouncing Lilligren for “Jim Crow tactics,” accusing the incumbent of encouraging other Somalis to file as candidates in the hopes of diluting Warsame’s Somali backing. “I’m not sure that these other East Africans know what they are doing,” Warsame says. Continue Reading →

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James Everett, North Side Candidate for Mayor. He May Not Win But He Deserves To Be Heard

Story for The UpTake by Kathryn G. Nelson

Bridging the achievement gap between whites and people of color has been a central issue to this year’s mayoral race, particularly in hard-hit North Minneapolis, where citizens are quick to point out that issues of safety, police misconduct, home foreclosure, inadequate housing, unemployment and education reform are significant barriers to their success. Yet, despite all the nice-sounding talk and good intentions of the leading candidates, many residents of the North Side say they are weary of the rhetoric and skeptical of candidates offering the same-old, same-old — solutions from years past. They say they’re frustrated by the failure of the best-known candidates to address the underlying issues in their community and complain that they have been excluded from opportunities to help develop solutions which are later implemented in their own backyard. But as the campaign approaches its finish and next Tuesday’s election, one candidate has begun to gain an audience on the North Side: Community activist and North Side native James Everett, one of the many “minor” candidates in the race. North Side dissatisfaction with the “major” candidates for mayor (they include long-time North Side City Council member Don Samuels, a Jamaican immigrant) was apparent at an Oct. Continue Reading →

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Ranks And Choices: A Dozen “Minor” Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Speak Their Piece

There are 35 candidates running for Mayor of Minneapolis in the Nov. 5 election, from one who calls himself a pirate to one whose campaign videos have made himself an Internet celebrity (he says so, at any rate). The UpTake invited seven of the leading candidates to participate in our mayoral forum on Oct. 22. The other 28 candidates all were invited to sit down with us for brief video interviews. Continue Reading →

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Former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton: To Solve City Problems, Bring Everyone To The Table

Interview for The UpTake by Sheila Regan

Former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton will be honored tonight when a prominent bridge designed in the style of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is named in her honor. The bridge was built during Sayles Belton’s two-term tenure as Minneapolis Mayor and carries Third Avenue South across Interstate 94. It’s the bridge with the strange looking lobster antennae and curved fences (see a photo by clicking here). Sayles Belton, born and raised in St. Paul, was the first woman, and first African-American, to be elected mayor of Minneapolis, and served from 1994 to 2002. Continue Reading →

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Socialist Alternative: Minneapolis Ward 9 Council Candidate Revives City’s Socialist Heritage

People Over Profit: Ty Moore, Socialist candidate for the Minneapolis City Council

In a city where the Democrats have had a monolithic stronghold for four decades, Socialist candidate Ty Moore believes many people feel disenfranchised as the DFL increasingly becomes “beholden to big business interests.” Moore, an Occupy Homes MN organizer and community activist, is one of three candidates from the Socialist Alternative party running for city councils this autumn in big cities (the others are running in Seattle and Boston), and he thinks that the 9th ward of Minneapolis is ready for the change. Continue Reading →

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School Reformers’ Choir: Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates All Sing From Same Hymnal

Minneapolis Schools: Slippery Roads Ahead

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, The UpTake live-streamed a Minneapolis Mayoral debate on education. The candidates seemed remarkably similar in their stances, considering the intensity of the debate surrounding public schools. So we asked Rob Levine, a critic of the school reform movement, to give us his take on this important issue. Guest commentary for The UpTake from Rob Levine

“That sounded like a sermon -– wow!” So enthused Nekima Levy-Pounds, moderator of Monday’s Minneapolis Mayoral Education Forum at the Mill City Museum at the conclusion of candidate Don Samuels’ rousing remarks. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Dems Fail to Choose Mayoral Pick; Ranked Choice Voting Comes to Fore

Candidate Betsy Hodges, with support from Gary Schiff's campaign, blocked endorsement for Mark Andrew. Photo courtesy Terry Gydesen, of terrygydesen.com

A contentious, 12-hour convention Saturday failed to endorse a DFL candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis, increasing the significance of the role that Ranked Choice Voting will play in the November 5 election and giving a crowded field of candidates more room for maneuver. Continue Reading →

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