Meet candidates for Park Board at forum tonight

Don’t know much about the candidates for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board? Meet them tonight.

A candidate forum will be held from 7-9 p.m. today at the Park Board’s headquarters, 2117 W. River Road. Candidates are vying for nine seats, with each of the six district and three citywide seats up for grabs.

Each candidate is expected to give an introductory speech, after which questions will be taken.

The races that directly impact Southwest are:
– District 4, which covers the area from about Wirth Lake south to East Calhoun and from the city’s western border to about Interstate 35W. Newcomer Anita Tabb currently is the only announced candidate for the seat. Incumbent Tracy Nordstrom has decided not to seek reelection.
– District 6, which represents the area from about Lake Calhoun south to the Richfield border and west of I-35W. Newcomer Brad Bourn is hoping to unseat incumbent Bob Fine, who is seeking a fourth term on the board and his third as district commissioner.
– Citywide, for which there are three seats but four candidates. All of the current at-large commissioners are seeking reelection, while a former at-large commissioner, John Erwin, is hoping to return.

For more on each of the candidates, read the latest Parks Update.