It’s hard to believe we’re less than one week out from next Tuesday’s (Nov 4th) Midterm Elections. This is a super important day for us to cash in on one of our rights and make an impact in our local, state and national government.
Some of you have been following the local and national coverage of this year’s election and know exactly who you’ll be voting for – to those, I salute you for your diligent preparation! For others that have been changing the channel every time a campaign ad comes on the TV (and quite frankly that could be all of us), fear not! There is still time to learn about the candidates and issues to make an informed decision.
To help you out, below are some of the hot topics and big candidate races (nonpartisan, of course). theSkimm (a fun and easy to understand news source) has a Midterm Election Guide and it’s geared toward those who aren’t in “the know”.
- The Senate. The Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2006. That plus Obama has its benefits, but the Republican party (also known as the Grand Old Party, i.e. GOP) has had enough. If the Republicans gain control they will own both the Senate and Congress.
- National topics haven’t changed much. The state of our economy, immigration laws and foreign policy continue to be top of mind as voters head to the polls.
- Minneapolis specific City Amendments:
- Filing Fee for City Elected Offices. Some city council members want to increase the price of entry to run for positions like mayor. Remember when we had 20+ candidates running for mayor in 2013 including Captain Jack Sparrow? Yeah, some people don’t want that again.
- 70/30 Liquor Licensing Requirement. Have you ever ordered a glass of wine in a South Minneapolis restaurant and been forced to also order food? That’s because many restaurants are required under law to gross at least 70% of their sales from food. Many believe this law is antiquated and stifles the growing restaurant scene in our neighborhoods (it also forces restaurants to increase their food prices). Opponents say we need to keep our neighborhoods clean & quiet.
- Currently being held by Mark Dayton (D).
- Who is running?
- Mark Dayton (D) – The guy basically runs Minneapolis (think Borough, Askov Finlayson and old school Dayton-Hudson’s). He wants to come back.
- Jeff Johnson (R) – Not so fast Dayton! Jeff has is a former State Representative and current Hennepin County Commissioner.
- Chris Holbrook (Libertarian)
- Hannah Nicollet (Independent)
- Chris Wright (Grassroots)
- Currently being held by Amy Klobuchar (D) and Al Franken (D). Al Franken’s seat is currently up for election.
- Who is running?
- Al Franken (D) – Wants a re-election.
- Mike McFadden (R) – Franken’s biggest threat to the seat. He has worked in the financial sector prior to this campaign.
- Steve Carlson (Independent)
- Heather Johnson (Libertarian)
- Minnesota has 8 congressional districts and each district elects a representative to the House for a two-year term.
- There are several districts that cover the Greater Twin Cities area given the dense population. District 5 covers the majority of Minneapolis but depending on your home address you may be in District 2,3 or 4.
Other races include Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Representative, County Commissioner, County Attorney, Sheriff, School Board Director, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge and District Court Judge. Phew, that was a lot.
You can also find more information by visiting the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Sometimes it takes a little nudge to get involved and I hope this does the trick. Our only ask – get out there and VOTE!