Norkus-Crampton out of Ward 10 race

Cites slumping economy, commitment to planning commission

ECCO — Lara Norkus-Crampton said Monday she planned to withdraw from the Ward 10 City Council race.

Norkus-Crampton said she made the decision in a discussion with her husband over the weekend and called supporters Monday morning. A member of the Minneapolis Planning Commission since 2006, she said she would focus on her commitment to that body.

“Things have changed in the world, and it’s made it that we had to make some real decisions,” she said.

Norkus-Crampton said the economy played a role in her decision. She and her husband, Tim, are both registered nurses employed at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

“Looking forward, we just wanted to make sure we had a stable foundation and wouldn’t want to make any major changes or decisions in the middle of a race,” she said.

“Hospital admissions are down 30 percent across the board,” she added. “Things are just less stable than normal.”

Norkus-Crampton announced her candidacy in February. In appearances at Ward 10 neighborhood organization meetings, she emphasized experience with development issues as a member of the Planning Commission.

“I thought, you know, I really have some skills to bring to the table here … and there would be a whole piece of the City Council job I wouldn’t have to learn,” she said.

Norkus-Crampton and her husband have owned an ECCO-neighborhood duplex since 1994. She expressed her great appreciation of Minneapolis, particularly its natural amenities like the Chain of Lakes.

Norkus-Crampton sought endorsement as a DFL candidate. She had the support of the Minnesota Nurses Association, the Building and Construction Trades Council and the Teamsters Local 120.

She said she would not endorse another Ward 10 candidate at this time.
The Minneapolis DFL Ward 10 City Council endorsing convention is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 18 at Jefferson Community School, 1200 W 26th St.

Norkus-Crampton did not rule out another run for office at some point in the future. She said she felt “called” to the office at this time, but then things changed.

“There’s always twists and turns in life,” she said. “Especially these days.”

Two candidates remain in the race to replace City Council Ralph Remington, who does not plan to seek re-election: long-time local business owner Meg Tuthill, of the Wedge, and Progressive Majority State Director Matt Filner, also a resident of the Wedge.