Voter Info - 3 Judicial Candidates in Aug 9 Primary

Three candidates have filed to run for one of the MN Supreme Court Judge positions. The three will appear statewide on the August 9 Primary ballot. In alphabetical order, they are Craig Foss, Natalie Hudson, and Michelle MacDonald.

At the Minnesota Republican Party state convention this year in Duluth, delegates chose not to endorse a candidate for the Supreme Court position.

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) has posted on its website (CLICK HERE) responses provided by the candidates to a questionnaire.  The responses can be reached by clicking on the names of the candidates above their pictures.  The MSBA also posted on its website the responses provided by 1,162 judges to a poll regarding the three candidates.


Candidates on the August 9 Primary Ballots

Voters in Senate District 49 will have choices to make in the upcoming August 9 Primary.  However, the choices vary depending on where you live. 

Below is a summary of the candidates facing primary challengers within our district, with links to sample ballots.  Remember that Mike Lehmann, Dario Anselmo, and Max Rymer do not have primary challengers, so they won't be on the August 9 ballots.  Voters in Edina and Bloomington should check the Secretary of State website for the ballot in your specific precinct. 

Primary Candidates In Bloomington: (Congressional District 3):

Title

Candidate

Party

County Commissioner District 5

Debbie Goettel

NONPARTISAN

County Commissioner District 5

Chris Howard

NONPARTISAN

County Commissioner District 5

William Reichert

NONPARTISAN

County Commissioner District 5

Andrew K Moller

NONPARTISAN

County Commissioner District 5

Lee Prinkkila

NONPARTISAN

County Commissioner District 5

Maureen Scallen Failor

NONPARTISAN

Associate Justice - Supreme Court 6

Natalie Hudson

NONPARTISAN

Associate Justice - Supreme Court 6

Michelle L. MacDonald

NONPARTISAN

Associate Justice - Supreme Court 6

Craig Foss

NONPARTISAN

Link to a Bloomington Congressional District 3 sample ballot

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Max Rymer Brings New Business Insight as SD49B Candidate

Max Rymer’s background as an entrepreneur and now a small business owner with 5 employees gives him a firm grasp of the economic impacts of legislative decisions.

MaxRymer_May_2016.jpgMax grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has found a permanent home with his wife, Elsie, in Minnesota. Elsie is a Superior, Wisconsin native, and danced professionally at Duluth’s Minnesota Ballet for four years before they met in college.  They are expecting their first child in February 2017.

After graduation from Bay Port High School in Wisconsin Max chose to move to Minnesota to attend the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul where he earned a Marketing Degree.  He also became Student Body President, won awards for stage and screen performance, and learned what it meant to be a servant leader. While in college he  interned as a Legislative Aide for Pam Myhra, District 40A. He formed the “Eagles Vote” Campaign at Northwestern during the national election and assisting on campus for Kurt Bills’ senate run.

Max spent a year – as many college graduates do – finding what career would suite him best. He spent four months doing door-to-door residential sales for CenturyLink (which prepared him for door-knocking during this election season) and eventually found a home in both sales and digital marketing. He taught himself different coding languages and eventually formed his own digital marketing and web development firm – Digital Alchemy – while also leading the Business Development department of a software company called DS6.

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Voter Information - Hennepin County Commissioner District 5

On August 9, and starting now for early/absentee ballots, voters in Hennepin County District 5 will have the opportunity to vote in a primary election for one of six candidates vying for the Commissioner seat currently held by Randy Johnson.  District 5 essentially encompasses the cities of Richfield and Bloomington, Eden Prairie south of Highway 5, and a portion of Chanhassen; it does not include Edina, Minnetonka or other areas of Eden Prairie.  The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will proceed to the general election in November

All six candidates filed as non-partisan.  To learn more about them and how they stand on some of the current issues facing the County, we asked the candidates to answer the questions below and to add any other comments they felt would help us to better understand how they would serve as County Commissioner:

  1. Briefly highlight why you feel you would be the best candidate for  County Commissioner
  2. County government has grown at a rate consistently higher than the growth in the economy.   What steps will you take to implement Fiscal Responsibility and reduce the rate of growth in the Hennepin County government?
  3. How do you plan to evaluate the county budget and identify programs that are not meeting their intended needs?
  4. The Met Council is pushing in a number of areas not related to water and sewage.  Would you support limits on the power of the Metropolitan Council, particularly where it is really pushing for higher density housing in the south metro?  Do you have any issues with its Thrive MSP 2040 Plan?
  5. What are the hard questions you're going to ask about funding further Light Rail in Hennepin County?  Would you vote for an increase in the County sales tax to fund SW Light Rail?

By our deadline, three of the six candidates provided responses.   Their answers are posted individually and listed in alphabetical order of their last name.

Maureen Scallen Failor  CLICK HERE to read her answers

Andrew K Moller  CLICK HERE to read his answers

William Reichert CLICK HERE to read his answers


Commissioner Candidate Maureen Scallen Failor

We asked the candidates to answer five questions (to see full text of questions Click Here) and to add any other comments they felt would help us to better understand how they would serve as Hennepin County District 5 Commissioner.

Maureen Scallen Failor

More info / Campaign Website

Reason for running:  My 30 years of private and non-profit business experience positions me to provide the strong oversight and careful spending decision-making that will be necessary to contain the County’s $1.9 billion budget and help guide the 8000 workforce for results.

My business experience will help Hennepin County take advantage of the private and non-profit sectors in carrying out its operating responsibilities.  My non-profit experience can help the County meet its responsibilities in taking care of our neighbors in need.  I have served on the board of directors of VEAP-volunteers enlisted to assist people and Cornerstone in our community, as well as the MSP Airport Foundation.  I also serve on the Hennepin County Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.

Fiscal responsibility:    Hennepin County is saddled with a huge number of unfunded mandates from the state and federal government.  

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Commissioner Candidate Andrew K Moller

We asked the candidates to answer five questions (to see full text of questions Click Here) and to add any other comments they felt would help us to better understand how they would serve as Hennepin County District 5 Commissioner

Andrew K Moller

More Info / Campaign Website

Reason for running:  I am running for Hennepin County Commissioner because I am a common-sense fiscal conservative and believe that Hennepin County needs a fiscal conservative for the 5th District.  Hennepin County expenditures are set to increase significantly in 2016 as compared to levels just two years ago.  In 2014, actual Hennepin County expenditures were $1.627 billion.  For 2016, County expenditures are budgeted at $1.943 billion representing over a 19% increase in just two years.

Before I retired in 2008, my professional career was spent entirely in the private sector.  In business, spending must be closely monitored and tough decisions on expenditures must be made.  My educational background (MBA Finance) and private sector background will enable me to bring a fresh perspective to Hennepin County government.  I served as VP, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Christopher & Banks Corporation for 10 years before I retired.  I have a great deal of energy and a strong work ethic.

Fiscal responsibility:    Jeff Johnson indicated to me that one of the biggest drivers of the increase in Hennepin County expenditures is related to increased  staffing and other costs increases associated with implementing the provisions of MNSure.  

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Commissioner Candidate William Reichert

We asked the candidates to answer five questions (to see full text of questions Click Here) and to add any other comments they felt would help us to better understand how they would serve as Hennepin County District 5 Commissioner.

William Reichert

More info / Campaign Website

Reason for running:  I have spent nearly my entire life in Hennepin County, and have been active in the community.

My involvement has revolved around being a voice for the people, not the status quo. Particularly in municipal government.  Most recently as co-founder of Hands Off Our Cans  - Bloomington.

As a seasoned watchdog, I know what it’s like to bump up against stubborn bureaucrats that believe they know what is best for you. I enjoy engaging people with other view points in meaningful conversation, then finding that common ground from which real progress and meaningful outcomes can be made. 

I have, and continue to serve on several private boards where fiscal conservatism is a matter of survival, not just a buzz word.

Fiscal responsibility:  The County budget has increased at an annualized rate of 8.45% over the last 4 years.  

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Questions Posed to Commissioner Candidates

To learn more about the candidates and how they stand on some of the current issues facing the County, we asked the candidates to answer the questions below and to add any other comments they felt would help us to better understand how they would serve as County Commissioner:

  1. Briefly highlight why you feel you would be the best candidate for County Commissioner
  2. County government has grown at a rate consistently higher than the growth in the economy.   What steps will you take to implement Fiscal Responsibility and reduce the rate of growth in the Hennepin County government?
  3. How do you plan to evaluate the county budget and identify programs that are not meeting their intended needs?
  4. The Met Council is pushing in a number of areas not related to water and sewage.  Would you support limits on the power of the Metropolitan Council, particularly where it is really pushing for higher density housing in the south metro?  Do you have any issues with its Thrive MSP 2040 Plan?
  5. What are the hard questions you're going to ask about funding further Light Rail in Hennepin County?  Would you vote for an increase in the County sales tax to fund SW Light Rail?

France Ave Trail Preview - A Million Dollars Per Mile

The proposed France Avenue bike/pedestrian trail “reconstruction” along the 3.2 miles between Old Shakopee Road and 82nd Street in Bloomington is actually a million-dollar-per-mile new development along roughly the same route as a current mix of paths.  The planning department is just starting work on an idea that will eventually be brought before the City Council for approval.

As displayed at a June 30 open house, the preliminary drawings of the proposed multi-modal trail showed it would have a 10 ft. wide paved (asphalt) portion , i.e., equal to a street lane, plus a  5 ft. wide grassy / plowed-snow buffer near the curb.  The paved area would be more than twice as wide as the current cement or asphalt paths, and the grassy buffer 1-4 feet wider than it currently is in some sections, much narrower in others.  With a large stretch of wetlands along the route, a section of boardwalk may be included in that Nine Mile Creek area.

Construction is expected to take one summer season, and would likely require closure of a lane of France Avenue at times.

Homeowners along France Ave would see fences removed during construction and the cost of replacing those fences further inside their property lines after construction may not be covered, depending on existing easement agreements.

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August 9 Primary Election--absentee ballots, registration

Eligible Minnesotans may begin casting their absentee ballots now for the August 9, 2016 Primary Election. Any registered voter in Minnesota can vote absentee, no questions asked about your reason for wanting an absentee ballot.I_VOTED_graphicjpg.jpg

You can request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you at mnvotes.org or at the Secretary of State website here 

Or you can get one in-person at your local elections office.  Find those offices here

Be sure you are registered to vote!  Here is a link to the Secretary of State site where you can see whether you are already registered at your current address, and begin the registration process if needed.  Click HERE

 



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