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Minneapolis mayoral, City Council candidates detail finances

Three current council members are vying to replace Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Minneapolis city politics are heating up for the 2013 election.
MinnPost photo by Andy Sturdevant

The first reports from three Minneapolis mayoral candidates — all of them City Council members — have been filed:

• Betsy Hodges, who did not actively raise money until after Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Dec. 27 announcement that he would not run for a fourth term, has reported raising $11,492 in 2012. She listed 148 contributions, averaging $77.65.

• Don Samuels reports $469 cash on hand, the remains of a $500 contribution from his City Council campaign fund. Contributions from his campaign kickoff in late January will be included in the next finance report.

• Gary Schiff reports $27,107 cash on hand at the end of 2012, with loans to the campaign of $7,328 and unpaid bills of $9,300 for total debt of $16,628. The loan came from Schiff himself. The unpaid bills are from NGP VAN, a Washington, D.C., campaign service company focused on Democrats.

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Finance reports from mayoral candidates Jackie Cherryhomes and Cam Winton have not yet been posted. Former Hennepin County Board Member Mark Andrew is also exploring the possibility of running.

Campaign finance reports were due to the Hennepin County Elections Office Jan. 31.  Reports not yet posted may have been received but not yet processed. No fines are assessed until three days after the filing deadline, according to a spokesperson for the elections office staff. 

Council races

The liveliest race at this point is in the 10th Ward, where four DFL candidates are challenging DFL incumbent DFLer Meg Tuthill. She reports $27,589 in her campaign account.

Ken Bradley, an energy and environmental organizer, is the Tuthill challenger with the most cash on hand: $11,320. Of that, $8,600 is listed as a loan from the candidate.

Kendal Killian, who works for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, is next with $10,755, including candidate loans totaling $272. 

The other two candidates are Lisa Bender, who reports cash of $8,678 (including a $3,000 loan), and Nate Griggs, who has yet to form a finance committee.

Three incumbents have not yet filed year-end financial reports for 2012: Lisa Goodman (7th Ward), Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward) and John Quincy (11th Ward).

Here’s an early look at how other City Council races are shaping up:

1st Ward: Incumbent Kevin Reich, a DFLer with no announced opponent, reports cash of $5,571 with no loans or outstanding debts.

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2nd Ward: Incumbent Cam Gordon, a member of the Green Party, has no announced opponents. He reports cash of $929.

3rd Ward: Incumbent Diane Hofstede is facing challenger Jacob Frey. Both are DFLers. Hofstede reports cash of $46,325. She reports a candidate loan of $61,955 dating to 2005. Frey, an attorney who specializes in employment law, reports cash on hand of $10,431, including a candidate donation of $3,929.

4th Ward: City Council President Barb Johnson is unopposed so far. She reports cash on hand of $21,136 with no loans or outstanding bills.

5th Ward: Only one candidate has formed a finance committee for the open seat now occupied by mayoral candidate Samuels. Brett Buckner, a lifelong resident of the North Side, reports cash of $7,044. The candidate has lent the campaign $7,250 and contributed another $100.

6th Ward: Incumbent Robert Lilligren is being challenged by Abdi Warsame, who has been active in the Somalia community. Both are DFLers. Lilligren reports cash of $12,801, which includes a candidate loan of $10,139. A Warsame report has not yet been posted.

9th Ward: The DFL lists two candidates for this open seat, currently occupied by Schiff. Alondra Cano has formed a campaign finance committee, but her financial report has not yet been posted, and Ira Jourdain has not yet filed.

12th Ward: Incumbent Sandy Colvin Roy, who also has no announced opponents, reports cash of $17,851 with no loans or debts.

13th Ward: Two DFLers — Lisa Palmisano and Matt Perry — are competing for this open seat, currently occupied by Hodges. Perry reports cash of $7,798, including a candidate loan of $2,000. A financial report for Palmisano has not yet been posted.