2005 Saint Paul mayoral election

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2005 Saint Paul mayoral election
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Candidate Chris Coleman Randy Kelly
Popular vote 13,041 6,740
Percentage 51.80% 25.81%

Mayor before election

Randy Kelly

Elected Mayor

Chris Coleman

The 2005 Saint Paul mayoral election in the U.S. state of Minnesota held a scheduled primary election on the 13th of September and a general election on the 8th of November.


Kelly was the mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota from in 2001. He won the office in 2001 by just 403 votes in a tight race with Jay Benanav, a city councilman. As mayor, he was noted for his efforts to increase the minimum wage and create and retain high-paying jobs.

During Kelly's term in office, his political views and several appointments generated controversy. In 2004, he rankled fellow Democrats by endorsing and campaigning for President George W. Bush's re-election. According to critics, his conservative views, which may have been intended to garner support from Republicans and independents, undermined his constituent base in the Democratic Party. An unsuccessful grassroots campaign to recall him was launched shortly after his announcement in support of Bush's re-election effort.

In 2005, one of Kelly's appointees, Sia Lo, head of the criminal division of the city attorney's office, was reported to be at the center of an investigation into alleged corruption in a city development deal which focused on a new Hmong funeral home on the city's West Side. Lo was never charged.

Primary Results[edit]

The top two getters advanced to the November 8th general election.

Saint Paul Mayoral Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Chris Coleman 13,041 51.80
Nonpartisan Randy Kelly (Incumbent) 6,740 26.77
Nonpartisan Elizabeth Dickinson 4,905 19.48
Nonpartisan Sharon Anderson 216 .85
Nonpartisan Nick Tschida 135 .53
Nonpartisan Bill Dhan 59 .23
Nonpartisan Glen mansfield 40 .15
Nonpartisan Jacob Perasso 36 .14
Total votes 25,172 100.00

General Election Results[edit]

Saint Paul General Election Results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Chris Coleman 40,601 68.63
Nonpartisan Randy Kelly (Incumbent) 18,203 30.78
Nonpartisan Write-Ins 350 .59
Total votes 59,154 100.00


  1. ^ http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/NR/rdonlyres/B578D6E2-7800-40D9-9A5A-65A45266318B/2799/2005StPaulMunicipalPrimary.pdf
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)