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35 Candidates queue up in Minneapolis mayor’s race

2013-10-28 by Paru Shah

With Mayor R.T. Rybak's decision not to seek re-election this November 5th, the contest in Minneapolis marks the first time in 20 years that the mayoral election has not included an incumbent. The likely leading candidates include City Council members Don Samuels and Betsy Hodges, former council members Jackie Cherryhomes and Dan Cohen, former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew, Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine, business executive Stephanie Woodruff and attorney Cam Winton. But plenty of others want to become mayor (click here for a complete list). Minneapolis is one of a few major cities that uses ranked choice voting (RCV), a system instituted in 2006 as a progressive reform that eliminates costly, low-turnout primaries and gives voters a wider selection of candidates. RCV asks voters to pick a first, second and third choice for the job. Those selections come into play if no candidate gets more 50 percent of the first-choice votes, triggering a series of automatic runoff counts. Read more here.

 
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