Lennie Chism’s conversation with Civil Rights Legend Marion Barry, Voting Rights, Past, Present, Future, Our Struggle to Vote on KFAI Radio, 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul, Joined in the conversation by Donald Allen, and Mel Reeves.

St. Paul’s 5th Ward covers the northern edge of the city from Como Park to Edgerton Avenue. In this neighborhood, first-term city councilman Lee Helgen is facing financial planner David Haas.

Minneapolis licensed practical nurse Doug Mann has been a perennial candidate in local races, running for school board eight times since 1999 and for City Council in 2005.This year he's one of a slate of more than 10 candidates vying to be the city's next mayor. Earlier this month he filed a court order to force the city to hold a referendum on the Vikings stadium.

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While the race between John McCain and Barack Obama has captured the nation’s attention, other parties have presidential candidates on the ballot too. KFAI’s Micheal Bracher spoke with Alyson Kennedy, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Socialist Party.


Election Day 2014 was sleepier than most. The election issued in a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, but national voter turnout and overall political engagement among voters was notably low.

Tom Nordyke 612-802-3046

John Erwin 612-385-6863

Annie Young 612-729-3359

Mary Merrill Anderson 612-229-9709

John Butler 612-781-0035

David Wahlstedt 612-281-7611

Bob Fine 612-922-6992

Nancy Bernard 612-378-1813

District 1

Liz Wielinski 612-788-5688

Bernie Kunza 612-597-8874

John Malone 612-810-6487

District 2

Jon Olson 612-710-2007

Michael Guest 612-50

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[img_assist|nid=23348|title=Government|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=189|height=78]Carol Becker 612-722-4288

DeWayne Townsend 612-724-7010

Phil Willkie 612-822-0522

David Wheeler 612-730-6112

James Elliot Swartwood 612-822-7910

R. Michael Marten 612-377-5496

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Ward 1

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Kevin Reich 612-263-3421 Listen Here:http://uno.kfai.org/_other/KFAI_News_Elections/MplsWard1_Reich.mp3
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With current Council Member Ralph Remington stepping down this year, the race is between longtime neighborhood activists and business owners. KFAI’s Allison Herrera profiles Meg Tuthill and Dan Alvin.


On Saturday, the Minneapolis DFL party endorsed the first Somali American to elected office. Hussein Samatar, a small business owner, was endorsed for Minneapolis School Board District 3. Alberto Montserrate, publisher of LaPrensa, was endorsed for the District 5 seat. The most contested district school board seat resulted in Jenny Arneson winning the District 1 endorsement over Marcia Thomas.