The elections in Minneapolis proved an off night for officials who supported the city’s deal on the Vikings stadium last year.
Most of the seven council members who voted yes back in May of 2012 fell short of either their re-election plans or attempts for higher office. And although the most vocal of the stadium opponents in the mayoral race, Dan Cohen, fell short of a top-3 finish in first choice votes, stadium opponents fared pretty well facing the voters for the first time since the stadium deal was cut.
Seven council members voted to support the deal, six opposed it. Here are their fates:
|Supporters, May 2012|
|Kevin Reich||Ward 1||Re-elected||71% of 1st choice votes|
|Diane Hofstede||Ward 3||Defeated||26% of 1st choice votes|
|Barb Johnson||Ward 4||Re-elected||55% of 1st choice votes|
|Don Samuels||Ward 5||Did not seek re-election||Ranked 3rd in mayor’s race|
|Meg Tuthill||Ward 10||Defeated||29% of 1st choice votes|
|John Quincy||Ward 11||Re-elected||63% of 1st choice votes|
|Sandy Colvin Roy||Ward 12||Did not seek re-election||Lost DFL endorsement|
|Opponents, May 2012|
|Cam Gordon||Ward 2||Re-elected||78% of 1st choice votes|
|Robert Lilligren||Ward 6||Defeated||31% of 1st choice votes|
|Lisa Goodman||Ward 7||Re-elected||Unopposed|
|Elizabeth Glidden||Ward 8||Re-elected||Unopposed|
|Gary Schiff||Ward 9||Did not seek re-election||Ran unsuccessfully for mayor|
|Betsy Hodges||Ward 13||Did not seek re-election||Likely mayoral victor|
It makes last year’s stadium victory, at least at first blush, look a little pyrrhic.