SPECIAL: ELECTION COVERAGE with ANDY DRISCOLL & MICHELLE ALIMORADI-AUDIO BELOW

On-air date: 
Tue, 11/08/2011
Election Team: from left, Anne White, Michelle Alimoradi, Andy Driscoll, Yusef Mgeni, Kazoua Kong-Thao

ELECTION DAY IN ST. PAUL!!! HEAR IT BELOW!

It tested - successfully thus far - the new Ranked Choice Voting system for electing the City Council, and one race will go to a second choice count - Ward 2 - where incumbent Dave Thune was being challenged by two active campaigners - Green Party-endorsed Jim Ivey and artist and picture framing independent Bill HoskoCynthia Schanno and Sharon Anderson will be dropped from contention following their low vote totals.

Other highlights: Two first-round victories in multi-candidate races: Ward 1 incumbent Melvin Carter III won more decisively than some thought he might - with 62% of the vote over closest challenger Johnny Howard. In Ward 3, DFL-endorsed Chris Tolbert eked out a 51% majority to defeat his closest rival, independent John Mannillo.

In a very tight two-way race, challenger Amy Brendmoen barely defeated incumbent two-term Ward 5 councilmember Lee Helgen.

Other races were slam-dunks for incumbents: Ward 4 incumbent Russ Stark marched through with 77% of the vote over CurtisStockWard 6 incumbent Dan Bostrom was chllenged more closely by Green Party-endorsed Bee Kevin Xiong and Ward 7's Kathy Lantry ran unopposed.

Of the ten candidates in the School Board race, all four DFL-endorsed contenders walked into office, including incumbents Anne Carroll and Keith Hardy and newcomers Louise Seeba and Mary Doran. 

TTT's Michelle Alimoradi and Andy Driscoll co-anchored Tuesday evening's coverage, which featured:

On-air guests: 

KAZOUA KONG-THAO - Retiring School Board Member

ANNE WHITE - Union Park Community Council Board Member and its Land Use Chair, as well as Past President of the Central Corridor group, District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

YUSEF MGENI - Ward One activist; retired St. Paul Schools Director of Education Equity; former Executive Director of The Urban Coalition