Are there too many people running to be the next mayor of Minneapolis?

The Twin – Minneapolis MN USA Skyline Panoramic by Peter Ladd via MPR’s FLickr Group

“A record 35 candidates have filed to run for mayor of Minneapolis,” writes MPR News reporter Curtis Gilbert.

The likely leading candidates include City Council members Don Samuels and Betsy Hodges, former council members Jackie Cherryhomes and Dan Cohen, former Hennepin County commissioner Mark Andrew, Park Board Commissioner Bob Fine, business executive Stephanie Woodruff and attorney Cam Winton. But plenty of others want to become mayor.

Today’s Question: Are there too many people running to be the next mayor of Minneapolis?

  • Gary F

    Sure, why not?

    Why is it a problem?

    • Hi Gary, one of the challenges I’ve heard with a field this large is that voters have a hard time getting good information about all of the candidates.

      • Gary F

        There is no hand wringing over the dozen or so small party candidates for governor or president? Why now?

        Is there a fear that someone from the Inner Party wont get elected? OMG! An Outer Party member or even a Prole could get elected!

      • Pearly

        Your a journalist. Do some research and educate the public.

      • Biggus Richards

        ” voters have a hard time getting good information about all of the candidates.”

        If only we had an institution – with, say, things like printing presses and transmitters and websites – dedicated to providing that sort of information?

        Perhaps staffed by people who set themselves above and apart, as a nearly-monastic order dedicated to getting information out there?

        Radical? Perhaps. But I have a dream.

  • James

    Maybe some fresh blood without a party backing would do some actual good. When the party puts you into power, you are beholden to them and have to listen to them to a certain extent.

  • Sue de Nim

    Uh, yeah. Obviously the bar should be raised. If a higher filing fee can’t pass, perhaps candidates could be required to submit nominating petitions with, say, 500 signatures of registered voters as a demonstration of support. A ballot with 35 names will be a mess. My paranoid side is wondering how many of those 35 are just trying to sabotage the experiment with RCV by confusing people.

    • reggie

      I don’t really care how many people run for mayor, but I’d fuly support your suggestion that there be some reasonable number of nominating signatures required to file. If someone can’t gather the endorsement of 500 registered voters in a city of several hundred thousand, he or she probably doesn’t have the experiences and involvement that would make for a good mayor.

  • PaulJ

    There are too few people trained to make decisions and too few systems that support rational political decision making.

  • Yes. Most of these candidates will be lucky to gain even 1% of the vote in November. While everyone should theoretically have the right to run for any office they choose, doing so with absolutely no demonstration of support or significant effort to campaign beyond paying the $20 filing fee is simply a waste for all involved.

  • Gary F

    Raise the fee? So “the rich” can only afford to run?

    For all those who sung the praises of IRV, LIVE WITH IT AND STOP COMPLAINING.

  • John

    Dorset Minnesota elected a 4 year old Mayor and he is doing great. The more people running the better. People who care will do their research. I don’t particularly care what the media has to say about a political figure because the media is generally biased, for example Michael Olson.

  • Biggus Richards

    Yep. It’s too many people.
    Serves Minneapolis right – electing a city council that went all-in for IRV, the latest toy for wonks who want to try to build better life through better government. Some of us tried to warn y’all that this sort of thing was *inevitable*. But you all knew better.
    As to the idea that some of the people on the ballot are just trying to game the system to dilute the IRV votes? Hell yeah! If I lived in Minneapolis, I’d file under the “Single Payer Heathcare Now!” Party, to filter even more dumb peoples’ votes away from the DFL machine.
    People get the governnment they deserve. After fifty years of frivolous, un-serious, often bizarre one-party government, you’ve got a frivolous, un-serious election.
    The only bright side? The chaos COULD lead to the breaking of DFL power in the Mayor’s office. There might be some hope…
    …not that the majority of the people of Minneapolis have done anything to deserve it.

  • JQP

    No. there is too little voter interest learning about more than one candidate – maybe two.

    Politics is the living embodiment of love at first sight. Almost no one changes their mind about who is the best.

    RCV lets in second choices ( where they have the opportunity to accept less then perfect) … when the perfectly (innane, insane) candidate doesn’t impress enough people on the first pass..

  • 2013MNPLS.MAYORALRACE

    No, to see this many candidates running is a great example of democracy at work but the reality right now is quality over quantity. No matter how many people are running for mayor only one human being will earn the respect of filling Mayor RT Rybak’s shoes by gaining the trust of Minneapolis Citizen’s. Good luck and let the games begin!!!