2009 Minneapolis municipal election

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A general election was held in Minneapolis on November 3, 2009. Minneapolis's mayor was up for election as well as all the seats on the City Council, the two elected seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and all the seats on the Park and Recreation Board. This was the first election held in Minneapolis that used ranked choice voting, a collective term for instant-runoff voting and the single transferable vote.

Because city voters approved a city charter change by referendum in 2006 to use a ranked choice voting system, Minneapolis did not hold a primary election on September 8, the 2009 date for primaries in Minnesota.

There was a lawsuit in court to prevent the voting change; it lost by summary judgment in the first court, was appealed directly to the Minnesota Supreme Court, where it also lost. One person active in the lawsuit filed as a candidate but did not campaign; allegedly this was to give him legal standing to sue after the election.

Mayor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic–Farmer–Labor Mayor R. T. Rybak announced on January 13, 2009 that he would be running for re-election.[1] 11 candidates were on the ballot.

Previously mentioned as possible candidates for Mayor were Bob Miller, the director of the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), Minneapolis City Council members Gary Schiff and Ralph Remington, Minneapolis Park Board President Tom Nordyke, former City Council president Jackie Cherryhomes, and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin; none of them ended up running.

City Council[edit]

All 13 seats on the Minneapolis City Council were up for election.

Board of Estimate and Taxation[edit]

The two elected members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation were up for election. Incumbent Carol Becker was re-elected in the first round with 52.1% of first-choice votes. As no other candidate achieved the threshold to be elected the second member, several rounds of vote transfers were necessary. David Wheeler was elected in the fifth round after the remaining candidates were defeated.

Members were elected citywide via the single transferable vote.

Party endorsements[edit]

Party Candidate
Minneapolis DFL[2] Carol Becker
Fifth Congressional District Independence Party of Minnesota Michael Martens
Minneapolis City Republican Committee[3] Michael Martens

Results[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 % Final
Carol Becker 52.13 16,728 10,697.5560 10,697.5560 10,697.5560 10,697.5560 33.64
David Wheeler 19.03 6,107 7,239.6910 7,490.0575 8,107.4270 8,107.4270 25.27
Phil Willkie 9.19 2,950 3,527.1605 3,732.4080 4,098.4360 4,098.4360 12.77
DeWayne Townsend 7.24 2,323 3,231.4600 3,364.4975 3,674.0740 3,674.0740 11.45
Michael Martens 8.66 2,778 3,120.8355 3,273.4310
James Elliot Swartwood 3.04 975 1,160.6575
Write-ins 0.70 225 241.5830
Exhausted ballots 2867.0565 3528.0500 5508.5070 5508.5070 17.17
Threshold 10,696
Valid votes 32,086
Undervotes 13,882
Turnout 19.64 45,968
Registered voters[4] 234,028
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[5]

Park and Recreation Board[edit]

The nine members of the Park and Recreation Board were up for election. Three members were elected from one citywide, at-large district via the single transferable vote and six from single-member districts via instant-runoff voting.

Party endorsements[edit]

Party At-large District 1 District 3 District 4 District 6
Minneapolis DFL[2] Mary Merrill Anderson Liz Wielinski Scott Vreeland Anita Tabb Brad Bourn
John Erwin
Tom Nordyke
Fifth District Green Party[6] Annie Young
Fifth Congressional District Independence Party of Minnesota Dave Wahlstedt
Minneapolis City Republican Committee[3] Dave Wahlstedt

Results[edit]

At-large[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 % Final
Bob Fine 22.07 8,089 8,193 8,363 8,708 9,329 9,329 25.45
Annie Young 18.94 6,941 7,062 7,490 7,741 8,371 8,371 22.84
John Erwin 17.39 6,376 6,514 6,635 6,841 7,733 7,733 21.10
Mary Merrill Anderson 14.92 5,394 5,470 5,913 6,096 6,810 6,810 18.58
Tom Nordyke 10.14 3,716 3,787 3,885 4,118
David Wahlstedt 7.66 2,807 2,888 2,991
Nancy Bernard 5.52 2,024 2,125
John Butler 3.04 1,114
Write-ins 0.53 194
Exhausted ballots 616 1,378 3,151 4,412 4,412 12.04
Threshold 9,164
Valid votes 36,655
Undervotes 9,313
Turnout 19.64 45,968
Registered voters 234,028
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[7]

District 1[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1
Liz Wielinski 74.20 4,335
Bernie Kunza 15.56 909
John Malone 9.67 565
Write-ins 0.56 33
Threshold 2,922
Valid votes 5,842
Undervotes 1,065
Turnout 6,907
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[8]

District 2[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1
Jon Olson 56.35 2,874
Michael Guest 42.80 2,183
Write-ins 0.84 43
Threshold 2,551
Valid votes 5,100
Undervotes 844
Turnout 5,944
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[9]

District 3[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1
Scott Vreeland 72.35 3,430
Mike Wendorf 26.17 1,239
Write-ins 1.48 67
Threshold 2,369
Valid votes 4,736
Undervotes 1,424
Turnout 6,160
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[10]

District 4[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1
Anita Tabb 97.45 5,012
Write-ins 2.55 131
Threshold 2,572
Valid votes 5,143
Undervotes 2,246
Turnout 7,389
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[11]

District 5[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1 Round 2 % Final
Carol Kummer 37.77 2,964 3,620 46.13
Jason Stone 35.52 2,788 3,271 41.68
Steve Barland 19.64 1,541
Dan Peterson 4.70 369
McLain Looney 1.92 151
Write-ins 0.45 35
Exhausted ballots 957 12.19
Threshold 3,925
Valid votes 7,848
Undervotes 1,534
Turnout 9,382
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[12]

District 6[edit]

Candidate % 1st
Choice
Round 1 Round 2 % Final
Brad Bourn 48.16 4,023 4,300 51.47
Meg Forney 36.39 3,040 3,506 41.97
Steven Jecha 11.71 978
Geneva Hanvik 3.32 277
Write-ins 0.43 36
Exhausted ballots 548 6.56
Threshold 4,178
Valid votes 8,354
Undervotes 1,832
Turnout 10,186
Source: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kimball, Joe (January 13, 2009). "Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak puts re-election announcement on web". MinnPost. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "2009 Endorsements". Minneapolis DFL. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Minneapolis Republican endorsed candidates". Minneapolis City Republican Committee. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "2009 Precinct Statistics with Turnout" (PDF). Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Board of Estimate and Taxation Ranked-choice Voting Tabulation Center Summary Statement". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Previous Candidates". Fifth District Green Party. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  7. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner At Large". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 1". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 2". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 3". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 4". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 5". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "2009 Minneapolis Municipal Election Results: Park and Recreation Commissioner District 6". Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Retrieved November 6, 2017.