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TakeAction Minnesota is backing just one DFL incumbent facing opposition in St. Paul City Council contests.

TakeAction backs three challengers in St. Paul City Council races

Lee Helgen

TakeAction Minnesota is backing just one DFL incumbent facing opposition in St. Paul City Council contests. The advocacy group’s members opted instead to endorse Green Party candidates Jim Ivey and Bee Kevin Xiong, along with DFL challenger Amy Brendmoen. Ward Four incumbent Russ Stark is the lone incumbent facing a challenger to receive the organization’s backing.

TakeAction opted to stay neutral in two races: the Ward Three contest between DFLers Chris Tolbert and John Mannillo, and the Ward One race in which incumbent DFLer Melvin Carter III faces a trio of challengers, including Green Party candidate Johnny Howard and independent Anthony Fernandez.

Brendmoen is running against two-term incumbent Lee Helgen. In June she blocked the incumbent from gaining the DFL party’s endorsement. Ivey is seeking to knock off Ward Two incumbent Dave Thune, who is running for his fifth (non-consecutive) term. Xiong is taking on four-term incumbent Dan Bostrom in Ward Six.

City council president Kathy Lantry faces no opposition on the November ballot, which will feature ranked-choice voting for the first time.

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4 comments

  1. Nice article, but am curious as to why photos of the candidates who actually won the TakeAction endorsement are not published?

  2. I’m sorry, but isn’t Take Action a progressive organization? Why endorse Green Party candidates? I’m a little disappointed. Then again, that organization has been nothing but embarassing.

  3. @Thomas: The principles of the Green Party largely line up with what are typically considered progressive principles (ecological wisdom, social & economic justice, grassroots democracy, non-violence). Partnership between Green candidates and TakeAction MN makes a lot of sense on that basis.

  4. @Jesse: You’re right. These candidates are so far left that they belong to that radical organization.

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