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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor this coming Fall.
This month on the Morning Blend we’ll try to bring you a conversation with a different mayoral candidate every day.
We have more than enough. Voters will see 35 names on the ballot in November.
Mark V. Anderson is a tax accountant and a CPA. He’s been in private practice for the past thirty years. He wants to simplify Government and he feels the city of Minneapolis needs to concentrate on basic services.
He talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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Neal Baxter is a member of several governance-related city committees – the Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He’s also a member of the Bancroft Neighborhood Association and has worked as an usher and bartender at the Guthrie Theater for 28 years. Neal Baxter talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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Perennial candidate Ole Savior met recently with KFAI’s Alex Forbes to discuss the issues and his decision to run for Minneapolis mayor. Savior has appeared on the ballot many times before while making a bid for different offices.
Alex Forbes asked him how many times he has run.

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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor this coming Fall.
Voters will have a wide range of choices, with 35 names appearing on the ballot. KFAI has extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and several have accepted the offer to be interviewed.
Stephanie Woodruff is an accountant and the only candidate in the race endorsed by a major party – the Independence Party of Minnesota. She talked about her candidacy with KFAI’s Dale Connelly.

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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor this coming Fall.
Voters will have a wide range of choices, with 35 names appearing on the ballot. KFAI has extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and several have accepted the offer to be interviewed.
Troy Benjegerdes is one of them. He talked with KFAI’s Cynthia Montana, who asked him why he’s running

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Minneapolis will elect a new mayor on Nov.5th .Voters will have a wide range of choices, with 35 names appearing on the ballot. KFAI has extended an invitation to all of the candidates, and so far twenty seven have accepted the offer to be interviewed here at KFAI. Joshua Rea, is a independent candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis. He talked with KFAI’s Ben Lauer.

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A conversation with Todd Klingel, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce about the future of transportation and making sure that Minnesota employers have an educated, mobile workforce.

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Diane Hofstede represents Ward 3 on the Minneapolis City Council.
She began her career as a Minneapolis public school teacher at North High School in North Minneapolis, and at Northeast Junior High. She was a curriculum writer for the Minneapolis School District where she trained teachers and administrators in all Minneapolis junior and senior high schools in non-racist and non-sexist teaching/curriculum techniques. Hofstede has represented Ward 3 since 2006. Although she has had the DFL endorsement in the past. Hofstede does not have it this time. Instead, the endorsement went to her opponent, Jacob Frey.Diane Hofstede talked about that with KFAI’s Trisha Collopy.

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Kristina Gronquist has lived in the 3rd Ward for the last twelve years. She has been a business owner, renter, landlord, single parent and a homeowner.
Gronquist is the Assistant General Manager of the Eastside Food Cooperative and Treasurer on the Board of the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Association. She’s a founding member of the Northeast Investment Co-op (NEIC) and a volunteer with Achieve Mpls, the nonprofit partner of the Mpls. Public Schools.
Gronquist is endorsed by the Green Party.
She talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly about her reasons for running, starting with her frustration over last year’s city council decision that a city charter provision that requires a referendum on big public expenditures for sports facilities didn’t apply to the Vikings stadium project.

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Minneapolis city offices up for election include all 13 seats on the City Council. One of the most hotly contested is in Ward three which straddles the Mississippi River east and north of downtown.
Four candidates are running in Ward 3.
One of them is Michael Katch, who has two endorsements – one from the Libertarian Party and one from the Pirate Party. Katch has criticized the council for being what he calls “hobby real estate developers.”
As a Libertarian, he believes economic development should come from the private sector without incentives from the city.
Katch talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked about a recent development scuffle in the Dinkytown neighborhood of ward 3.

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