At Issue: Nov. 5 - Mayoral Candidates Debate in Minneapolis, St. Paul; Is Ranked-Choice Voting Worth It?

November 05, 2017 11:25 PM

Mayoral Candidates Debate in Minneapolis, St. Paul Races

Voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul will head to the polls Tuesday to choose mayors. The leading candidates in each race met for debates this week, aired by Minnesota Public Radio. 


One of the top issues candidates addressed in each debate was how to combat a rise in gun violence, along with how police should interact with the public. Candidates in Minneapolis were also asked about whether or not they could envision the city without a police department one day. 

Current Mayor Betsy Hodges is seeking re-election in 2017. She faces a field of more than a dozen candidates. Current front-runners include Jacob Frey, Tom Hoch, Raymond Dehn and Nekima Levy-Pounds. Aswar Rahman dropped out of the race earlier this week and is urging his supporters to pick Jacob Frey as their first-choice candidate. 

In the St. Paul mayor's race, leading candidates include Melvin Carter, Pat Harris, Dai Thao, Tom Goldstein and Elizabeth Dickinson. Current mayor Chris Coleman is running for governor in 2018.

Ranked-Choice Voting - Is It Worth It? 

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul will used ranked-choice voting to determine winners. In Minneapolis, voters will get up to three choices for mayor, city council and park board races, along with a race for the board of estimate and taxation. In St. Paul, voters get up to six choices for mayoral candidates. There are no city council races in St. Paul in 2017. 

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the first-choice votes on election night, then election officials will begin what are called "reallocation" round of counting and distributing those votes to the top candidates. It may take several days for election officials to determine the winners in each race. 

Our analysts discuss whether or not it makes sense to continue using ranked-choice voting in city elections after this year. 

Click here for our KSTP Vote 2017 Guide.

Learn More About Ranked-Choice Voting in Minneapolis.

Learn More about Ranked-Choice Voting in St. Paul.


Amanda Theisen

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