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November 8th approaches and the moment of reckoning for candidates will face the city’s the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system. With no primary to whittle the fields to two per race, multiple candidates will vie in a single November general election. Voters may mark their first, second, third and fourth choices until one candidate attains a majority (or substantial plurality) in each of the council races ONLY. Meanwhile, as tradition dictates, the top four vote-getters out of ten candidates will win seats on the school board. (See Wards 5 and 6 ranked-choice sample ballot.) 

TruthToTell is devoting four successive weeks to St. Paul’s elections – with the unabashed goal of getting voters to stop giving their local government(s) election the air and get themselves to the polls November 8th. The unacceptably common 15%-35% turnouts must give way to at least half the eligible electorate showing up to pick their cities’ leadership – in St. Paul, yes, but in several suburban elections as well. We’ve now presented candidates from St. Paul Wards TwoThree and One. This week, we present candidates in the Ward 5 and Ward 6 races. The remaining races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents. November 7th, the day before the election, Jeanne Massey of FairVote/Minnesota will be on hand to explain the Ranked Choice Voting process, which should no longer require an hour’s worth of discussion.

As with Ward 1 last week, two candidates are competing in each of the two wards – 5 & 6. While the DFLGreen and Libertarian parties have endorsed in most city races, all city offices are NONPARTISAN, so no party ID will be seen next to a candidate’s name. Key issues in the North End’s Ward 5 and the Upper East Side’s Ward 6 is who can best represent the interests of increasingly diverse constituencies. It’s likely safe to say that economic development and housing issues in this lingering recession are probably the key issues in these two wards, along with infrastructure problems.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI engage these candidates in conversation about why they should hold their respective offices.

CANDIDATES:

Ward 5:

LEE HELGEN - Incumbent


AMY BRENDMOEN - Challenger; Chamber of Commerce Endorsed

 

 

Ward 6:

DAN BOSTROM - Incumbent; DFL Endorsed


BEE KEVIN XIONG - Challenger; Green Party Endorsed

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TTT1143–Oct 24-StPaulElectionsWard1– Audio HERE; Video HERE

The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections are edging closer. November 8th will tests the city’s the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system for City Council races only. Passed in 2009, and eliminating a primary for a single November general election, voters may mark their first, second, third and fourth choices until one candidate attains a majority (or substantial plurality) in each of the council seats. As has always been the case, the four top vote getters in the school board race will win the available seats in which two of the candidates are incumbents.

This week we speak with three of the four candidates for Ward One. (Ward One ranked-choice sample ballot here.) One – James McEiver – has failed to respond to our invitation.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell has been devoting four successive weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts. We’ve now presented candidates from Wards Two and Three. The following week we present candidates from Wards 5 and 6 on the 31st. On November 7th, the day before the election, Jeanne Massey of FairVote/Minnesota will be on hand to explain the Ranked Choice Voting process. The remaining races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents.

As with Ward 3 last week, four candidates are competing in Ward 1. One is DFL-endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race, another represents the Green Party. Two others are running as independents. Again, no party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in Ward 1 is who can best represent the best interests of a vastly diverse electorate. Furthermore, it is through Ward 1 that a lengthy chunk of the Central Corridor will run. It’s an issue that has divided the African American community and raised hackles on the backs of University businesses – many of them Asian and East African – over the disruptions caused by light rail construction.

Ours is one of the last meetings these candidates will attend. These three will participate in the final face-to-face debate of the season at 7:00 
tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 25th at Mt. Olivet Church,
 451 Central Ave. W., between Dale St. and Western Ave.

The Candidates Committed:

 MELVIN CARTER III – Incumbent (one term); DFL-Endorsed

 JOHNNY HOWARD – Neighborhood Activist (Thomas-Dale/Frogtown); Green Party-endorsed

 ANTHONY FERNANDEZ – Neighborhood Activist and Member, St Paul Planning Commission; Independent


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November 8th approaches and the moment of reckoning for candidates will face the city’s the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system. With no primary to whittle the fields to two per race, multiple candidates will vie in a single November general election. Voters may mark their first, second, third and fourth choices until one candidate attains a majority (or substantial plurality) in each of the council races ONLY. Meanwhile, as tradition dictates, the top four vote-getters out of ten candidates will win seats on the school board. (See Wards 5 and 6 ranked-choice sample ballot.) 

TruthToTell devoted four successive weeks to St. Paul’s elections – with the unabashed goal of getting voters to stop giving their local government(s) election the air and get themselves to the polls November 8th. The unacceptably common 15%-35% turnouts must give way to at least half the eligible electorate showing up to pick their cities’ leadership – in St. Paul, yes, but in several suburban elections as well. We’ve now presented candidates from St. Paul Wards TwoThree and One. This week, we present candidates in the Ward 5 and Ward 6 races. The remaining races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents. November 7th, the day before the election, Jeanne Massey of FairVote/Minnesota will be on hand to explain the Ranked Choice Voting process, which should no longer require an hour’s worth of discussion.

Two candidates are competing in each of the two wards – 5 & 6. While the DFLGreen and Libertarian parties have endorsed in most city races, all city offices are NONPARTISAN, so no party ID will be seen next to a candidate’s name. Key issues in the North End’s Ward 5 and the Upper East Side’s Ward 6 is who can best represent the interests of increasingly diverse constituencies. It’s likely safe to say that economic development and housing issues in this lingering recession are probably the key issues in these two wards, along with infrastructure problems.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI engage these candidates in conversation about why they should hold their respective offices.

CANDIDATES:

Ward 5:

LEE HELGEN - Incumbent


AMY BRENDMOEN - Challenger; Chamber of Commerce Endorsed

 

 

Ward 6:

DAN BOSTROM - Incumbent; DFL Endorsed


BEE KEVIN XIONG - Challenger; Green Party Endorsed



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TruthToTell, Mon.,Oct 24@9AM: VOTE! - ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: Ward 1 This Week; Last Week, Oct 17: Ward 3 - VOTE!

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The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections are edging closer when November 8th tests the city’s the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, passed in 2009, eliminating a primary for a single November general election. Voters may mark their first, second, third and fourth choices until one candidate attains a majority (or substantial plurality) in each of the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race. This week we speak with three of the four candidates for Ward One. (Ward One ranked-choice sample ballot here.) One – James McEiver – has failed to respond to our invitation.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell has been devoting four successive weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts. We’ve now presented candidates from Wards Two and Three. The following week we present candidates from Wards 5 and 6 on the 31st. On November 7th, the day before the election, Jeanne Massey of FairVote/Minnesota will be on hand to explain the Ranked Choice Voting process. The remaining races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents.

As with Ward 3 last week, four candidates are competing in Ward 1. One is DFL-endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race, another represents the Green Party. Two others are running as independents. Again, no party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in Ward 1 is who can best represent the best interests of a vastly diverse electorate. Furthermore, it is through Ward 1 that a lengthy chunk of the Central Corridor will run. It’s an issue that has divided the African American community and raised hackles on the backs of University businesses – many of them Asian and East African – over the disruptions caused by light rail construction.

Ours may be one of the last meetings among these candidates.

The Candidates Committed:

 MELVIN CARTER III – Incumbent (one term); DFL-Endorsed

 JOHNNY HOWARD – Neighborhood Activist (Thomas-Dale/Frogtown); Green Party-endorsed

 ANTHONY FERNANDEZ – Neighborhood Activist and Member, St Paul Planning Commission; Independent

 

INVITED BUT NOT RESPONDING: JAMES MICHAEL MCEIVER. Mr. McEiver's listed number has been disconnected; he does not respond to his email messages. He WILL appear on the ballot.

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TruthToTell, Oct 17: ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: VOTE! Ward 3  - AUDIO ONLY HERE - VIDEO HERE - VOTE!

(Ward Three ranked-choice sample ballot here.)

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep schism has surfaced within the DFL over this seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections.

Four candidates are competing in Ward 3. Three of the four have old DFL ties, but just one is endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race. The DFL endorsement convention was something of a donnybrook of “outsider” involvement, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Mayor Chris Coleman, who lives on St. Paul’s West Side.  No party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in this race should be the future of the Ford Assembly Plant site, which goes vacant very soon after nearly 88 years of operation with few stoppages. Of all the city’s council districts, Ward 3 boasts the highest per capita income and remains a slight swing district politically, able to still elect a more conservative candidate when it suits the electorate.

JOHN MANNILLO – Business Owner; Downtown Redeveloper, Preservationist; Independent

TYLOR SLINGER – Banking Communications Specialist; Political Activist; Libertarian Endorsed

EVE STEIN – High School Teacher, Debate Coach; Neighborhood Activist; Independent

CHRIS TOLBERT – Hennepin County Attorney; DFL-Endorsed

 


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The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections are edging closer. November 8th will tests the city’s the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system for City Council races only. Passed in 2009, and eliminating a primary for a single November general election, voters may mark their first, second, third and fourth choices until one candidate attains a majority (or substantial plurality) in each of the council seats. As has always been the case, the four top vote getters in the school board race will win the available seats in which two of the candidates are incumbents.

This week we speak with three of the four candidates for Ward One. (Ward One ranked-choice sample ballot here.) One – James McEiver – has failed to respond to our invitation.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell has been devoting four successive weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts. We’ve now presented candidates from Wards Two and Three. The following week we present candidates from Wards 5 and 6 on the 31st. On November 7th, the day before the election, Jeanne Massey of FairVote/Minnesota will be on hand to explain the Ranked Choice Voting process. The remaining races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents.

As with Ward 3 last week, four candidates are competing in Ward 1. One is DFL-endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race, another represents the Green Party. Two others are running as independents. Again, no party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in Ward 1 is who can best represent the best interests of a vastly diverse electorate. Furthermore, it is through Ward 1 that a lengthy chunk of the Central Corridor will run. It’s an issue that has divided the African American community and raised hackles on the backs of University businesses – many of them Asian and East African – over the disruptions caused by light rail construction.

Ours is one of the last meetings these candidates will attend. These three will participate in the final face-to-face debate of the season at 7:00 
tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 25th at Mt. Olivet Church,
 451 Central Ave. W., between Dale St. and Western Ave.

The Candidates Committed:

 MELVIN CARTER III – Incumbent (one term); DFL-Endorsed

 JOHNNY HOWARD – Neighborhood Activist (Thomas-Dale/Frogtown); Green Party-endorsed

ANTHONY FERNANDEZ – Neighborhood Activist and Member, St Paul Planning Commission; Independent

NOT RESPONDING: JAMES MICHAEL MCEIVER. Mr. McEiver's listed number has been disconnected; he does not respond to his email messages. He WILL appear on the ballot.


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The St. Paul City Council and School Board election on November 8th will garner much attention – not only for the large number of candidates challenging incumbents, but as a test for the city’s and the county election bureau’s implementation of the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, passed in 2009, which eliminated the traditional primary in favor of one November general election that will tally multiple voter choices generally until reaching a single majority winner for the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race. (Ward Three ranked-choice sample ballot here.)

Starting last week with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell is devoting more than four weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts.

 This week we present the Ward 3 candidates. Next week, October 24Ward 1; the following week,Ward 5 on the 31st. The other races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents.

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep schism has surfaced within the DFL over this seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections.

Four candidates are competing in Ward 3. Three of the four have old DFL ties, but just one is endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race. The DFL endorsement convention was something of a donnybrook of “outsider” involvement, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Mayor Chris Coleman, who lives on St. Paul’s West Side.  No party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in this race should be the future of the Ford Assembly Plant site, which goes vacant very soon after nearly 88 years of operation with few stoppages. Of all the city’s council districts, Ward 3 boasts the highest per capita income and remains a slight swing district politically, able to still elect a more conservative candidate when it suits the electorate.

(These candidates also will participate in an October 19th candidate forum at Hillcrest Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Parkway in St. Paul, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council and the Highland District Council (Info: 651-695-4000 or 651-695-4005.)

JOHN MANNILLO – Business Owner; Downtown Redeveloper, Preservationist; Independent

 

 

 


TYLOR SLINGER – Banking Communications Specialist; Political Activist; Libertarian Endorsed

 

 

 


EVE STEIN – High School Teacher, Debate Coach; Neighborhood Activist; Independent

 

 

 


CHRIS TOLBERT – Hennepin County Attorney; DFL-Endorsed

 


 

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TruthToTell, Oct 10: ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: VOTE! Ward 2 This Week-LISTEN HERE

Our Videographer was away this week; no video available.

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The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections will garner much attention – not only for the large number of candidates challenging incumbents, but as a test for the city’s and county election bureau’s implementation of the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, which eliminated the traditional primary in favor of one November general election that will tally multiple voter choices generally until reaching a single majority winner for the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell will devote the next four weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts.

Each of the City Council races, except the Ward Seven (Lower East Side) seat held by Council President Kathy Lantry, is contested this year and ten candidates are vying for the four District 625 (St. Paul) Board of Education seats up this year (the other three ran in 2009 and will again 2013). The highly contested races this year are four: Wards 1, 2, 3 and 5, although it’s possible that Ward 6 incumbent, Dan Bostrom, is facing a fair challenge from Bee Kevin Xiong, of the strong, still-emerging Hmong constituency on the city’s Upper East Side. Ward 4’s Russ Stark has meager competition this time around.

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep rivalries have surfaced within the DFL over that seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections. We will bring the four candidates in that race together October 17th.

In Ward 1, incumbent Melvin Carter III faces his own long-seething rivals. And we’re looking to recruit the four contestants in that race for an October 24th conversation.

But this week, all five of the candidates in Ward 2 will meet in our studios to discuss the issues facing the city and the ward. Ward Two, the largest of the seven wards geographically and, perhaps the most diverse, is spread out from Downtown all the way out to West 7th/Fort Road to the Highland Park area, but also takes in all of Crocus Hill and the West Side (across the river).

Incumbent Dave Thune has stated that this will be his last term, and that he will step down a second time in four years if reelected. He left the Council in 1997 but returned in 2004 after his successor, Chris Coleman, jumped into the Mayor’s race. Still, a couple of the same candidates that frequently plague Thune’s reelection are back in it, taking potshots at Thune's "leadership" as are two new faces on the political landscape.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI conduct a conversation among these five candidates.

DAVE THUNE – incumbent. An artist (he owns a West 7th St. gallery and coffee shop) and West End community activist, he’s completing his second term of this new round after previously serving eight years through the 1990’s. (Disclosure: your writer challenged Dave Thune in 1993) He lives in Irvine Park and is DFL-endorsed.

JIM IVEY – is a software developer with his wife, residing and working in Lowertown St. Paul for the last ten years. Among his interests: Urban gardening and curling. Endorsed by the Green Party of St. Paul and TakeActionMN.

BILL HOSKO – Artist and picture-framer in downtown St. Paul. States that he resides at Kellogg Square downtown. Small business booster and self-described government watchdog. Ran against Thune in 2007. Independent.

CYNTHIA SCHANNO – is an aircraft buyer and seller based at Holman Airfield. A native St. Paulite, she started as an accountant out of St. Thomas, but has flown since her teens. She was a Norm Coleman appointee to the Saint Paul Downtown Airport Taskforce. She sees the airport as an underutilized tie to city’s economic development. Independent.

SHARON ANDERSON – has been a perennial candidate for just about every office in Minnesota, and it doesn’t seem to bother her that she no longer resides in Ward 2, which should render her ineligible to vote, let alone run for the City Council seat there, which she has deone many times. Ms. Anderson continues to insist she still owns a house at 1058 Summit Ave., which everyone else insists she lost in a tax forfeiture at least 30 years ago. She continues to list that house as her official residence and no one steps forward to challenge her right to run in this ward. She is retired. Republican.

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The St. Paul City Council and School Board election on November 8th will garner much attention – not only for the large number of candidates challenging incumbents, but as a test for the city’s and the county election bureau’s implementation of the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, passed in 2009, which eliminated the traditional primary in favor of one November general election that will tally multiple voter choices generally until reaching a single majority winner for the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race. (Ward Three ranked-choice sample ballot here.)

Starting last week with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell is devoting more than four weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts. This week we present the Ward 3 candidates. Next week, October 24Ward 1; the following week,Ward 5 on the 31st. The other races have nominal or no opposition for the incumbents.

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep schism has surfaced within the DFL over this seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections.

Four candidates are competing in Ward 3. Three of the four have old DFL ties, but just one is endorsed in this NONPARTISAN race. The DFL endorsement convention was something of a donnybrook of “outsider” involvement, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and Mayor Chris Coleman, who lives on St. Paul’s West Side.  No party association accompanies a ballot name in city elections. A key issue in this race should be the future of the Ford Assembly Plant site, which goes vacant very soon after nearly 88 years of operation with few stoppages. Of all the city’s council districts, Ward 3 boasts the highest per capita income and remains a slight swing district politically, able to still elect a more conservative candidate when it suits the electorate.

(These candidates also will participate in an October 19th candidate forum at Hillcrest Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Parkway in St. Paul, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council and the Highland District Council (Info: 651-695-4000 or 651-695-4005.)

The four Ward 3 candidates:

JOHN MANNILLO – Business Owner; Downtown Redeveloper, Preservationist; Independent

 

 

 


TYLOR SLINGER – Banking Communications Specialist; Political Activist; Libertarian Endorsed

 

 

 


EVE STEIN – High School Teacher, Debate Coach; Neighborhood Activist; Independent

 

 

 


CHRIS TOLBERT – Hennepin County Attorney; DFL-Endorsed

 

 



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TruthToTell, Mon.,Oct 10@9AM: ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: VOTE! Ward 2 This Week;

TruthToTell, Mon.,Oct 10@9AM: ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: VOTE! Ward 2 This Week - KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org

The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections will garner much attention – not only for the large number of candidates challenging incumbents, but as a test for the city’s and county election bureau’s implementation of the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, which eliminated the traditional primary in favor of one November general election that will tally multiple voter choices generally until reaching a single majority winner for the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell will devote the next four weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts.

Each of the City Council races, except the Ward Seven (Lower East Side) seat held by Council President Kathy Lantry, is contested this year and ten candidates are vying for the four District 625 (St. Paul) Board of Education seats up this year (the other three ran in 2009 and will again 2013). The highly contested races this year are four: Wards 1, 2, 3 and 5, although it’s possible thatWard 6 incumbent, Dan Bostrom, is facing a fair challenge from Bee Kevin Xiong, of the strong, still-emerging Hmong constituency on the city’s Upper East Side. Ward 4’s Russ Stark has meager competition this time around.

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep rivalries have surfaced within the DFL over that seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections. We will bring the four candidates in that race together October 17th.

In Ward 1, incumbent Melvin Carter III faces his own long-seething rivals. And we’re looking to recruit the four contestants in that race for an October 24th conversation.

But this week, all five of the candidates in Ward 2 will meet in our studios to discuss the issues facing the city and the ward. Ward Two, the largest of the seven wards geographically and, perhaps the most diverse, is spread out from Downtown all the way out toWest 7th/Fort Road to the Highland Park area, but also takes in all of Crocus Hill and the West Side (across the river).

Incumbent Dave Thune has stated that this will be his last term, and that he will step down a second time in four years if reelected. He left the Council in 1997 but returned in 2004 after his successor, Chris Coleman, jumped into the Mayor’s race. Still, a couple of the same candidates that frequently plague Thune’s reelection are back in it, taking potshots at Thune's "leadership" as are two new faces on the political landscape.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI conduct a conversation among these five candidates.

DAVE THUNE – incumbent. An artist (he owns a West 7th St. gallery and coffee shop) and West End community activist, he’s completing his second term of this new round after previously serving eight years through the 1990’s. (Disclosure: your writer challenged Dave Thune in 1993) He lives in Irvine Park and is DFL-endorsed.

JIM IVEY – is a software developer with his wife, residing and working in Lowertown St. Paul for the last ten years. Among his interests: Urban gardening and curling. Endorsed by the Green Party of St. Paul and TakeActionMN.

BILL HOSKO – Artist and picture-framer in downtown St. Paul. States that he resides at Kellogg Square downtown. Small business booster and self-described government watchdog. Ran against Thune in 2007. Independent.

CYNTHIA SCHANNO – is an aircraft buyer and seller based at Holman Airfield. A native St. Paulite, she started as an accountant out of St. Thomas, but has flown since her teens. She was a Norm Coleman appointee to the Saint Paul Downtown Airport Taskforce. She sees the airport as an underutilized tie to city’s economic development. Independent.

SHARON ANDERSON – has been a perennial candidate for just about every office in Minnesota, and it doesn’t seem to bother her that she no longer resides in Ward 2, which should render her ineligible to vote, let alone run for the City Council seat there, which she has deone many times. Ms. Anderson continues to insist she still owns a house at 1058 Summit Ave., which everyone else insists she lost in a tax forfeiture at least 30 years ago. She continues to list that house as her official residence and no one steps forward to challenge her right to run in this ward. She is retired. Republican.

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Thirty years ago, Minnesota was immersed in what was then called the cable wars.

Before cable television came along – and most people born after 1980 barely remember this – all television programming was limited to whatever your feeble antennas, be they the old rabbit ears on top of your television sets or a rooftop structure, pulled in a very few available number of channels for family viewing. The Twin Cities had four VHF outlets and a couple of UHF stations. The cable wars descended on all urban centers mostly during 1978 and 1979, and the Twin Cities was as hot a market as it got for helping to select a cable company to haul in more than 50 or 60 channels at the time – many more came later – a money-making machine for the selected company, if ever there was one.

Much of the history of this episodic adventure is detailed on Andy’s blog at TruthToTell.org/Blog, so we won’t wax on about that here - but needless to say, it was a political and financial brouhaha the likes of which had probably never been seen in these parts before. Politicians and city fathers and well-heeled business people were in the thick of the money and influence-peddling to win the heady competition for those exclusive franchises to wire the cities and suburbs for the multitude of services we now take for granted – like HBO, Showtime, CNN, C-SPAN, ESPN, Fox Cable and MSNBC, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and everything in between and beyond.

Along with all those commercial channels cable companies offered were a half-dozen or so channels devoted to public, educational and government use – PEG services or channels. They were given over to communities after local activists and nonprofits raised hell about the license to print money this new technology would bring to the winning cable corporations. Elected officials, courted and cajoled by untold numbers of contributors and business types, as well, rose to the hue and cry and, with the help of city franchise consultants, extracted promises of money, equipment and channels to use for bringing otherwise unheard community voices into homes and institutions throughout a given city service area.

But cable companies agreed to what they viewed as blackmail through gritted teeth and promised the moon to each franchise authority – that is, a city or group of cities, usually councils or groups of elected officials – in return for the nod to put up their lucrative cable systems.

Thus were created public cable access authorities of several varieties, some independent, some controlled by city cable regulators, some by city councils, aided by a now-defunct state cable communications commission organized to prescribe the way franchise agreements could be drawn, including the provision of cable access services.

But real cable access often means the airing of free-speech programs that may well criticize those same local authorities. even as those same authorities now broadcast their hearings meetings live over their very own government channels. Discontented citizens get a chance to shoot and air their own shows, some of which make the public and councilors cringe. In Minneapolis, where the cable access corporation is controlled almost directly by the City Council, despite having its own board of directors, some cable programs have gone for the official jugular on a fairly regular basis – rankling those same elected officials and rattling the cages of other city officials.

Not for the first time, but perhaps not so violently, the Minneapolis Mayor’s Budget, and some on the City Council, seem hell-bent on slicing and dicing the city’s own cable access group – the Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, or MTN. Recent articles in the local papers and online peg (pardon the pun) the recommended cut at $250,000, no small chunk – 40%, to be sure – of MTN’s total budget of just over $700,000. Will the Minneapolis City Council restore the budget? And can MTN be put on a more independent footing, able to develop resources beyond the franchise and PEG fees now subject to the city's largesse? What can YOU do about this? Listen in below.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and KATEY DeCELLE talk with several of those in charge of and affected by MTN’s operations as well as some comparing MTN to the St. Paul Neighborhood Network's (SPNN) arrangement with that city and its Comcast company (also the Minneapolis supplier now).

TruthToTell, Oct 10: ST. PAUL ELECTIONS: VOTE! Ward 2 This Week-LISTEN BELOW

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/10/2011

Our Videographer was away this week; no video available.

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The St. Paul City Council and School Board elections will garner much attention – not only for the large number of candidates challenging incumbents, but as a test for the city’s and county election bureau’s implementation of the new voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting system, which eliminated the traditional primary in favor of one November general election that will tally multiple voter choices generally until reaching a single majority winner for the council seats and four top vote getters in the school board race.

Starting with the crowded Ward 2 field, TruthToTell will devote the next four weeks to St. Paul’s elections – in the fervent hope that voters will stop giving their local government(s) short shrift and get to the polls in numbers higher than the all-too-common 15%-35% turnouts.

Each of the City Council races, except the Ward Seven (Lower East Side) seat held by Council President Kathy Lantry, is contested this year and ten candidates are vying for the four District 625 (St. Paul) Board of Education seats up this year (the other three ran in 2009 and will again 2013). The highly contested races this year are four: Wards 1, 2, 3 and 5, although it’s possible that Ward 6 incumbent, Dan Bostrom, is facing a fair challenge from Bee Kevin Xiong, of the strong, still-emerging Hmong constituency on the city’s Upper East Side. Ward 4’s Russ Stark has meager competition this time around.

Ward 3’s Pat Harris is departing, opening up that race in way it hasn’t for nearly 20 years given that Harris’ predecessor was his brother, Mike. The only race without an incumbent means a high-stakes scramble for Harris’ successor, given his penchant for consistently supporting his old friend Mayor Chris Coleman’s agenda. Deep rivalries have surfaced within the DFL over that seat, despite the official nonpartisan nature of city elections. We will bring the four candidates in that race together October 17th.

In Ward 1, incumbent Melvin Carter III faces his own long-seething rivals. And we’re looking to recruit the four contestants in that race for an October 24th conversation.

But this week, all five of the candidates in Ward 2 will meet in our studios to discuss the issues facing the city and the ward. Ward Two, the largest of the seven wards geographically and, perhaps the most diverse, is spread out from Downtown all the way out to West 7th/Fort Road to the Highland Park area, but also takes in all of Crocus Hill and the West Side (across the river).

Incumbent Dave Thune has stated that this will be his last term, and that he will step down a second time in four years if reelected. He left the Council in 1997 but returned in 2004 after his successor, Chris Coleman, jumped into the Mayor’s race. Still, a couple of the same candidates that frequently plague Thune’s reelection are back in it, taking potshots at Thune's "leadership" as are two new faces on the political landscape.

TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI conduct a conversation among these five candidates.

DAVE THUNE – incumbent. An artist (he owns a West 7th St. gallery and coffee shop) and West End community activist, he’s completing his second term of this new round after previously serving eight years through the 1990’s. (Disclosure: your writer challenged Dave Thune in 1993) He lives in Irvine Park and is DFL-endorsed.

JIM IVEY – is a software developer with his wife, residing and working in Lowertown St. Paul for the last ten years. Among his interests: Urban gardening and curling. Endorsed by the Green Party of St. Paul and TakeActionMN.

BILL HOSKO – Artist and picture-framer in downtown St. Paul. States that he resides at Kellogg Square downtown. Small business booster and self-described government watchdog. Ran against Thune in 2007. Independent.

CYNTHIA SCHANNO – is an aircraft buyer and seller based at Holman Airfield. A native St. Paulite, she started as an accountant out of St. Thomas, but has flown since her teens. She was a Norm Coleman appointee to the Saint Paul Downtown Airport Taskforce. She sees the airport as an underutilized tie to city’s economic development. Independent.

SHARON ANDERSON – has been a perennial candidate for just about every office in Minnesota, and it doesn’t seem to bother her that she no longer resides in Ward 2, which should render her ineligible to vote, let alone run for the City Council seat there, which she has deone many times. Ms. Anderson continues to insist she still owns a house at 1058 Summit Ave., which everyone else insists she lost in a tax forfeiture at least 30 years ago. She continues to list that house as her official residence and no one steps forward to challenge her right to run in this ward. She is retired. Republican.


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