No Council nod for 8th Ward DFLers

The open 8th Ward City Council seat will have a crowded field for the Sept. 13 primary, as the DFL endorsing convention deadlocked after six ballots.

Five candidates battled at the May 2 convention: Elizabeth Glidden, Jeff Hayden, Marie Hauser, Dennis Tifft and Titilayo Bediako.

Afterward, only Bediako decided not to run, saying she endorsed Hayden.

On the final two ballots, Glidden, a Kingfield civil rights attorney, nosed ahead of Hayden, a Minnesota Supportive Housing Consortium coordinator and former aide to Councilmember Gary Schiff (9th Ward). Glidden’s 43 percent final-ballot figure was short of the 60 percent needed for endorsement.

Hauser, a nurse and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board member, was dropped before the fifth ballot under convention rules. She has several labor endorsements that should help her primary effort.

Tifft, president of the Bryant Neighborhood Association and business service trainer for the Park Nicollet Clinic, had to drop out after the second ballot but will still run in the primary, said campaign manager Andy Ansell.

The ward includes most of Southwest’s Kingfield, plus Bancroft, Bryant, Central, Field-Regina-Northrup, and Powderhorn neighborhoods east of I-35W.

The 8th Ward became the second of two contested Southwest races with no endorsee. The 10th Ward deadlocked April 16.

Brian Melendez, Minneapolis DFL chair, said non-endorsements aren’t unusual when a race has more than one strong candidate. The party did not endorse a mayoral candidate in 1993 or 2001, he said.

"At least in the olden days, I am told, the concept of an endorsement was supposed to be the exception rather than the rule," Melendez said. "The party only endorses when there is a candidate who is clearly head and shoulders above the field."

Come primary day, 8th Ward voters will have more than DFLers to choose from.

Sandra Miller, a former Council candidate and School Board member, entered the race as an Independent. She is an administrative assistant for the chief judge of the court of appeals, and cannot accept party endorsement, she said.

Others in the race include:

 

  • Zachary Metoyer, a member of the federal Police Community Relations Council, who may seek Green and Independence Party endorsements, he said.

     

     

  • Reginald Birts, a Wells Fargo mortgage consultant, is seeking the Green Party endorsement, he said.

     

     

  • Don Bellfield, a Metropolitan Council senior human resource generalist will seek Republican backing, he said.

     

     

  • Terry Yzaguirre, a technical manager, said she is running as a "small i" independent.

     

    More candidates could join the contest before the July 19 filing deadline.€ Zachary Metoyer, a member of the federal Police Community Relations Council, who may seek Green and Independence Party endorsements, he said.

     

  • Reginald Birts, a Wells Fargo mortgage consultant, is seeking the Green Party endorsement, he said.

     

     

  • Don Bellfield, a Metropolitan Council senior human resource generalist will seek Republican backing, he said.

     

     

  • Terry Yzaguirre, a technical manager, said she is running as a "small i" independent.

     

    More candidates could join the contest before the July 19 filing deadline.