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Met Council candidates winnowed to 95; public interviews start this week

The list of applicants for 16 appointed seats on the Metropolitan Council has been winnowed from 222 to 95, with four to nine candidates now remaining in each of the geographic districts.
Next will be a series of public interviews, and then the nom

The list of applicants for 16 appointed seats on the Metropolitan Council has been winnowed from 222 to 95, with four to nine candidates now remaining in each of the geographic districts.

Next will be a series of public interviews, and then the nominating committee will select finalists for approval by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Among the familiar names on the smaller list are: former St. Paul Council Member Jay Benanav, former Minneapolis Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, former legislators Sandy Rummel, Edwina Garcia and Connie Bernardy; former GOP U.S. Senate contender Bert McKasy and former DFL chair Mike Erlandson.

The four public meetings — each scheduled for four hours, with one hour devoted to candidates from each district — will be:

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Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,  St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park

Districts 11, 12, 13 and 14
Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Council Chambers, 390 N. Robert St., downtown St. Paul

Districts 4, 5, 15 and 16
Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. S.E., Prior Lake

Districts 1, 2, 9, and 10
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.,  Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park

The nominating committee is made up of:

  •  Jay Cowles, co-chair, Itasca Project Transportation Committee
  •  Bill Hargis, former Woodbury mayor
  •  Mary Hamann-Roland, Apple Valley mayor
  •  Janet Williams, Savage mayor
  •  Melvin Carter, St. Paul City Council member
  •  Dennis Berg, former Anoka County commissioner
  •  Gail Dorfman, Hennepin County commissioner.