DFL Fails To Endorse A Successor To St. Paul Councilman Thune

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%. All but one St. Paul ward failed to endorse a candidate.

St Paul’s Ward One: Racial Diversity And RCV In The Mix In Hotly Fought Election

Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan

A diverse mix of seven candidates, many of whom have backgrounds in community organizing, faced off in a forum Tuesday night at the Wilder Center, sparring for a chance to fill the Ward One City Council seat vacated by Melvin Carter III when he resigned to take a post in the Minnesota Department of Education last July. Among the candidates in the forum hosted by The League of Women Voters were former City Council member and St. Paul’s first female police officer Debbie Montgomery (she was knocked off the council by Carter in 2007), and Carter’s former council aide, Noel Nix. Other candidates included former St. Paul School Board Chair Kazoua Kong-Thao, Johnny Howard, founder of the Thomas-Dale Block Clubs, Dai Thao, an IT Manager, poet and contributor to Hmong Times, and Mark Voerding, past president of the District 7 Planning Council and aide to former council member Bill Wilson, plus Paul Holmgren, who has been endorsed by the St.

VIDEO: East Side St Paul Neighbors Confront City Officials on Safety

Hundreds of residents of St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood confronted city officials last Thursday — including Mayor Chris Coleman and top police commanders — about concerns over gang activity, a recent street killing and the brutal beating of a pedestrian, along with a general sense of insecurity in the area. Click here to read The Pioneer Press story on the meeting

The video of the meeting at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church is used courtesy of the St Paul Neighborhood Network.