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Candidate Matt Hill drops out of St. Paul council race; six still seek Ward 1 seat

Hill, a member of the Heritage Preservation Commission, decided over the weekend to step aside but isn’t endorsing another candidate yet.

The crowded field of candidates hoping to take over St. Paul’s Ward 1 City Council seat got a little smaller over the weekend when Matt Hill said he won’t run in November.

Hill, a member of the Heritage Preservation Commission, is cultural fund manager at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Six others have filed for the seat, which came open when Melvin Carter III stepped down to take a job in the state Education Department. Nathaniel Khaliq was appointed to hold the council seat until the election is held.

Hill said in a statement:

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While our goals and expectations have been exceeded, we knew on entering this race that it would be a tough road.  My team and I have looked at the possible outcomes in the general election and understand what the campaign would need to be successful this time around. With such a large field of candidates we recognize now is the appropriate time to step aside. I look forward to staying involved in the Ward One race.

When I asked if he was supporting another candidate, he said:

“Not at the moment. I will see how the next few weeks play out. I do plan to work with Fair Vote MN to help educate voters in the ward about the RCV [Ranked Choice Voting] process, too.”

Filing for the race closes Tuesday. So far, six candidates are in.


  • Dai Thao
  • Mark Voerding
  • Noel Nix
  • Kazoua Kong-Thao


  • Paul Holmgren

Green Party:

  • Johnny Howard.