Hennepin County Primary Results- 2012
Last night was quite exciting, as there were a number of surprises in the primary elections for City and County offices. Below are the candidates for this November’s general election:
Mike Opat will be going head to head with Chris Rains in District 1. Chris has come out of nowhere to give Comissioner Opat a run for his money. This will be a fun race to watch.
District 2 saw Linda Higgins receive 41% of the vote, and will go up against Blong Yang, who had 16% of the vote. The real question here is what will the 43% of voters that supported other candidates do? There were 10 of them total, and the vote could be split up any number of ways. This one is far from over.
ReNae Bowman held on for a slim 64 vote win over Jim Adams in the Mayor’s race. In fact, there was only a 203 vote spread across all candidates. What will be interesting to see here is if Andrew Richter’s supporters were strictly pro-Richter, or if there is any anti-Bowman sentiment here. The latter could spell trouble for the incumbent in this race, as 61% of residents did not vote for her.
The Section 1 race saw the unseating of incumbent Dave Anderson. When an incumbent loses his seat because 76% of the population didn’t support him, it makes me think there were some issues in the city’s southern half. Guy Mueller won that race with 40% of the vote. He will take on Laura Libby in the general election.
Regan Murphy and George Selman came out of the primary in a statistical dead heat (4 point difference) for the Mayor’s race. I predict that this one will remain a close battle up until Election Day. Do your homework, so that you choose the best candidate!
Incumbent Bill Blonigan received 62% of the vote, and will take on Barbara Richardson, who received 22% of the vote.
In Ward E, Peter Crema received 48% of the vote, and will go up against Dakota Huseby, who had 18%. There is another 64% of the vote that was split among 3 other candidates. While 48% is a lot to overcome, we’ll have to see where the other voters go first.
In Ward W, Bob Mata and Wynfred Russell each received 41% of the vote. Anything could happen here.
In the Judicial elections, Dan Griffith will take on Lorie Gildea for the MN Supreme Court, Tim Tingelstad will take on David Stras for MN Supreme Court 4, and Steve Antolak will continue his campaign against Elizabeth Cutter for 4th District Court.
While the primary numbers are but an indication, they do give a cross section of the community these races cover. Anything can happen once the entire population goes to the polls in November, but we see where candidates are strong, or where there is opportunity for a challenger to come and unseat an incumbent. Research these names. Do your homework. A title is not an entitlement, however, if the incumbent is doing a great job, then you should support them. November is coming fast, so be engaged!