City voters set field for City Council, independent boards

Southwest voters spoke in the Sept. 13 primary election, picking finalists in five of six area wards and one of two area Park Districts, while winnowing fields for the city's independent boards.

Winners head to the Nov. 8 general election.

In the capsules that follow, candidates who advanced to the primary are in bold.

Ward 6 City Council

Despite running under a cloud of suspicion following a pre-primary FBI raid on his Whittier home, Councilmember Dean Zimmermann finished within four points of fellow Councilmember Robert Lilligren (8th Ward) as the two advanced to the general election.

Redistricting threw together Zimmermann, who currently represents the 6th Ward, and Lilligren, who now represents the 8th Ward.

With very low turnout, Zimmermann came in second by 59 votes. The FBI is investigating him for allegedly taking money for political favors involving a Phillips neighborhood development, an agency affadavit stated. No charges have been yet filed and no grand jury indictment has been obtained.

The results:

– Robert Lilligren, 694 votes (48.4 percent)

– Dean (Z) Zimmermann, 635 (44.3 percent)

– James Neil Gorham, 104 (7.3 percent)

Ward 7 City Council

Incumbent Lisa Goodman racked up the largest percentage of any incumbent in a primary, capturing nearly 80 percent of the vote in the ward the will encompass downtown and Southwest from Lowry Hill to the Cedar-Isles lakes area.

Political newcomer Christopher Clark, a central services technician at the University of Minnesota Dental School, who captured 9 percent of the primary vote, faces an uphill battle against Goodman in the general election. Goodman's most recent campaign finance report said she has $119,552.10 in the bank. Clark has not filed a campaign finance report, according to the Hennepin County Web site. Candidates do not have to file if they do not raise more than $100 or spend more than $100.

The results:

– Lisa Goodman, 2,338 votes (79.9 percent)

– Christopher Clark, 271 (9.3 percent)

– Robert W. Halfhill, 229 (7.8 percent)

– Carl Myron Erickson, 89 (3 percent)

Ward 8 City Council

Nurse and Park Board Commissioner Marie Hauser will face civil rights attorney Elizabeth Glidden in the general election.

The contest is notable for a couple of reasons: the 8th Ward has been represented by minorities for the past two decades; Hauser and Glidden are white. Also, the pairing reflects the ward's split along I-35W; Hauser is from the more populous east side of the highway, while Glidden is from Kingfield, home to two high-turnout precincts on I-35W's west side.

The results:

– Marie Hauser 1,000 votes, (30.4 percent)

– Elizabeth Glidden, 829 (25.2 percent)

– Jeff Hayden, 688 (20.9 percent)

– Dennis Tifft, 364 (11.1 percent)

– Donald Bellefield, 177 (5.4 percent)

– Reginald Birts, 70 (2.1 percent)

– Doug Mann, 69 (2.1 percent)

– Terry Natalie Yzaguirre, 50 (1.5 percent)

– Zachary Metoyer, 33 (1 percent)

– Darryl J. Robinson, 13 (0.4 percent)

Ward 10 City Council

Actor-director Ralph Remington will face Scott Persons, a public affairs graduate student, in the general election. Both are first-time candidates.

Remington lead the field at the DFL convention, based in part on an early stand questioning headlong development in the ward. (The convention did not endorse anyone.) Persons, a Lyndale neighborhood activist, has the backing of outgoing Councilmember Dan Niziolek.

The resultts:

– Ralph Remington, 1,003 votes (33.2 percent)

– Scott Persons, 771 (25.5 percent)

– Gay Noble, 564 (18.7 percent)

– Allan Bernard, 482 (16 percent)

– Harry Savage, 122 (4 percent)

– Tom Moore 80 (2.7 percent)

Ward 11 City Council

Ward 11 had no primary. Incumbent Scott Benson will face Gregg A. Iverson, a Transportation Department employee, in the general election.

For a longer story on the race and candidate profiles, see page 22.

Ward 13 City Council

Ward 13 had the big-money, high-turnout contest, with DFL-backed Betsy Hodges getting a decisive 30-plus-percentage-point edge at the polls, and a boost heading into the general election. She will face former 10th Ward City Councilmember and one-time mayoral candidate Lisa McDonald in the

general election.

McDonald raised $43,595 this year, and spent $35,872.64 up to the primary, her finance report said. Hodges raised $37,143.05 and spent $17,442.28, according to her report. McDonald had more money in the bank at the start of the year, but Hodges enters the general election with the cash edge: $23,675 to McDonald's $18,031.46, their finance reports said.

Independent Mike Hohmann made an impressive showing at the polls, considering his low-budget campaign. He raised less than $7,000 and spent less than $5,300, but trailed McDonald by fewer than 4 percentage points.

The results:

– Betsy Hodges, 2,702 votes (57.1 percent)

– Lisa McDonald, 1,102 (23.3 percent)

– Mike Hohmann, 928 (19.6 percent)

Park Board at large

The nine-member Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has three members who run citywide and six members who run in districts. The primary narrowed the eight-candidate field of at-large candidates to six.

Incumbent and Green Party-endorsed Annie Young got the most votes, followed by former Park Board Supt. Mary Merrill Anderson and newcomer and nonprofit real estate consultant Tom Nordyke, both of whom had DFL endorsements.

Also making the field were incumbent Rochelle Berry Graves, who finished fourth, Realtor Meg Forney (fifth) and Air Line Association attorney Dan Froehlich (sixth).

Forney and Froehlich made the field in part because of strong localized showings in Southwest precincts. Forney is a West Calhoun resident; Froehlich lives in Fulton.

Young, a Phillips resident, showed strength citywide, as did Anderson, who lives in Bryn Mawr. Nordyke also ran strong throughout the city but showed special strength in and around his Cedar-Isles-Dean neighborhood. The top three finishers were also the only ones endorsed by their political parties: Young by the Greens and Anderson and Nordyke by the DFL.

Berry Graves, a Near North resident, also did especially well on her home turf.

The results:

– Annie Young, 10,868 votes (18 percent)

– Mary Merrill Anderson, 10,732 (17.8 percent)

– Tom Nordyke 10,147(16.8 percent)

– Rochelle Berry Graves, 8,190 (13.6 percent)

– Meg Forney, 8,130 (13.5 percent)

– Dan Froehlich, 7,935 (13.1 percent)

– Jordan Garner, 2,670 (4.4 percent)

– Clement Shimizu, 1,781 (3 percent)

Park Board District 4

Professional gardener Tracy Nordstrom will face bank vice president Christine Hansen in the general election, for the seat left vacant by incumbent Vivian Mason. Nordstrom ran in 2001 in Southwest's District 6, narrowly losing to Bob Fine. Redistricting put her in District 4, which includes all of Loring Park, Harrison, Bryn Mawr, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, Kenwood, East Isles, Cedar-Isles-Dean and East Calhoun plus parts of downtown.

The results:

– Tracy Nordstrom 2,645 votes (63 percent)

– Christine Hansen, 1,161 (27.7 percent)

– Jennifer Salita, 390 (9.3 percent)

Park Board District 6

District 6, which includes all of Southwest south of Lake Street with the exception of East Calhoun, did not have a primary. Incumbent Bob Fine, an attorney, will face Jim Bernstein, former state Commerce Commissioner and current Charter Commission chair, in the general election.

What has been a quiet race is expected to generate much heat by Nov. 8.

Library Board

The eight-member Library Board has six members elected at large, one member appointed by the mayor and one appointed by the City Council. The primary narrowed the field of 19 at-large candidates to 12 for the general election.

The results:

– Laura Wittstock, 11,252 votes (10.6 percent)

– Laurie Savran, 10,296 (9.7 percent)

– Alan Hooker, 9,063 (8.5 percent)

– Rod Krueger, 8,439 (7.9 percent)

– Sheldon Mains, 7,644 (7.2 percent)

– Gary Thaden, 7,307 (6.9 percent)

– Samantha Smart, 7,222 (6.8 percent)

– Anita Duckor, 7,027 (6.6 percent)

– Virginia Holte, 6,632 (6.2 percent)

– Julie Iverson, 5,933 (5.6 percent)

– Lisa Kjellander, 5,714 (5.4 percent)

– Eric Hinsdale, 3,309 (3.1 percent)

– Mark "Sparky" Elko, 3,024 (2.8 percent)

– Travis Lee, 2,870 (2.7 percent)

– Ian Stade, 2,822 (2.7 percent)

– Jae Bryson, 2,092 (2 percent)

– Victor Grambsch, 2,033 (1.9 percent)

– Timothy A. Davis, Sr., 2,031 (1.9 percent)

– Thomas P. Deyo, 1,846 (1.7 percent)

Board of Estimate & Taxation

The seven-member Board of Estimate and Taxation sets maximum tax levies for city, parks and library operations and the Public Housing Authority. It has two citizen members elected at large. The City Council President and Ways and Means Committee chair sit on the board, as does the mayor and one elected member each from the Park Board and the Library Board. The primary narrowed the seven-candidate field to four, and the two DFL-endorsed candidates held a significant lead.

The results:

– Carol Becker, 13,948 votes – (35.5 percent)

– Jill Schwimmer, 12,375 (31.5 percent)

– Gordon L. Nelson, 4,167 (10.6 percent)

– Dave Berger, 3,827 (9.7 percent)

– Matthew Jones, 1,850 4.7 percent)

– Ted Cabana, 1,835 (4.7 percent)

– Geno Bassett, 1,270 (3.2 percent)