by Garrett Frisk
In a previous article, Diamond Eye Candidate Report detailed the candidates running for Minneapolis City Council. At that time, only one ward had held a convention: the 13th ward, where incumbent Linea Palmisano won with 142 delegate votes to 5 for challenger Kate Mortenson, while 46 voted not to endorse a candidate. Since then, the Minneapolis DFL has held conventions in two wards, and endorsed a candidate in each ward. Candidates were required to receive the support of 60% of delegates at the caucus in order to win the DFL's endorsement.
In the 3rd ward, incumbent Michael Rainville secured the Minneapolis DFL's endorsement with 216 delegate votes, while challengers Conrad Zbikowski and Marcus Mills received 55 and 29 votes, respectively. Zbikowski had promised to drop out of the race if he lost the DFL endorsement, and followed through on that pledge shortly after the convention ended, though Mills said he'd stay in the race.
In the 12th ward, where incumbent Andrew Johnson is retiring, Aurin Chowdhury unexpectedly claimed the DFL's endorsement on the first ballot. Chowdhury received 183 delegate votes, with the other candidates far behind—Luther Ranheim received 73, Jerome Evans received 18, and Nancy Ford received 12.
The remaining DFL conventions will be held throughout April and May. The next conventions will be held in wards 2 and 9 on April 30.
This story was updated to include the results of the 13th ward convention.