Expect full ballots in this year’s St. Paul elections

Candidate filling for the city council and school board races closed Aug. 13 and East Siders will be seeing full ballots this fall.

All seven St. Paul City Council seats are up for election this year, as well as four of the seven St. Paul Public School board seats. 

East Siders will find themselves voting for a city council candidate in wards 5, 6 or 7, depending on where they live. Find your ward at www.stpaul.gov/departments/city-council.

In Ward 5, which is currently represented on the city council by Amy Brendmoen, four candidates have filed to run: Bob Blake, Brendmoen, Jamie Hendricks and Suyapa Miranda.

In Ward 6, currently represented by interim council member Kassim Busuri, six candidates have filed: Alexander Bourne, Busuri, Greg Copeland, Danielle Swift, Terri Thao and Nelsie Yang. 

Ward 7 has four candidates who filed to run for the seat: Kartumu King, incumbent Jane Prince, Mary Anne Quiroz and David Thom.

For the St. Paul School Board race, 10 candidates filled to run for the four at-large seats: Chauntyll Allen, Charlie Castro, incumbent Zuki Ellis, Tiffany Fearing, Jessica Kopp, incumbent Steve Marchese, Jennifer McPherson, Elijah Norris-Holliday, Omar Syed and Ryan Williams.

Ellis and Marchese are both seeking their second, four-year terms, while board members Mary Vanderwert and Jon Schumacher are not seeking re-election.

St. Paul will use ranked choice voting in its elections this fall, meaning that a candidate will “win the election by getting a majority of first choice votes cast on election night,” according to Ramsey County Elections. That means 50% of first-choice votes, plus an additional vote.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

— Marjorie Otto

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