All of the city council members are on the ballot this year. Because of the redistricting process completed in 2022, every Minneapolis City Council member will be up for reelection this year to serve a two-year term. In 2025, council candidates will be back on the ballot returning to the traditional four-year term. And this will be the first time the 13 city council members will be elected following major changes to the city charter (the City’s constitution).
Aug. 15 was the last day for candidates for any of the 13 city council wards to file to be on the Nov. 7 municipal ballot. The following candidates listed by ward and in order of filing date, have filed to be on the ballot in southwest Minneapolis wards.
Ward 7: Scott Grahan, Katie Cashman and Kenneth Foxworth
Ward 8: Andrea Jenkins, Soren Stevenson, Bob Sullentrop and Terry White
Ward 10: Nasri Warsame, Bruce Dachis, Aisha Chughtai and Greg Kline. Ward 11: Emily Koski and Gabrielle Prosser
Ward 13: Kate Mortenson, Linea Palmisano, Bob Carney and Zach Metzge
|Early voting period
|September 22 - November 6(closed October 9)
Vote early in-person
Vote early by mail
|Early registration deadline
|Tuesday, October 17
Registration deadline is 5 p.m. if registering by paper and 11:59 p.m. if registering online. If you miss this deadline, you can still register on Election Day or through the absentee voting process.
Register to vote
|Recommended deadline to apply for a ballot
|Tuesday, October 24
Apply for a mail ballot
|Deadlines to return your mail ballot
|Tuesday, November 7
Ballots sent in the mail must arrive on or by November 7.Ballots dropped off in person due by 3 p.m.Ballots delivered using a service (Fed-Ex, UPS, etc.) due by 8 p.m.
How to return your ballot
|Tuesday, November 7
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Find where you vote
|Wednesday, November 8
Ranked choice voting tabulation will begin the day after
Election Day for any races where an unofficial winner cannot be announced on election night.
The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is co-sponsoring forums this fall with community organizations. The forums will include candidates for City Council representing Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
The forum series is as follows:
The forum series and co-sponsors is as follows:
All forums will also be live streamed and video recorded for later viewing. Go to the League of Women Voters Minneapolis website (lwvmpls.org) to find the link to live stream or view the recording. All candidates filing for office will be invited. LWV Minneapolis will not conduct candidate forums for any uncontested races.
Candidates will respond to questions on a wide variety of issues of concern to voters. This event is free and open to the public.
The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is cosponsoring this event with local co-sponsors to bring nonpartisan voter education to the community. LWV does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.
Email Questions in Advance or Submit at Event
Voters attending the forum have the opportunity to submit written questions for the candidates. The League also has an email (email@example.com) for voters to submit questions in advance. By League of Women Voter policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Any questions submitted via email will remain confidential with all identifying information removed before the event. Audience members also can submit questions in writing at the event.
View Recordings of 2023 City Council Candidate forums
Links to the recordings for all 2023 City Council candidate forums already held can be found at lwvmpls.org/for-voters/.
The League of Women Voters Minneapolis, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to all citizens. Membership information will also be available at the Candidate Forum.
For more information, please contact Elisabeth Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters Minneapolis, a nonprofit 501(c)3 political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV does not support or oppose candidates for public office or political parties.
Zachery Metzger, also known as Lavish Mack, is running for the Minneapolis City Council seat in Ward 13.
If elected Metzger says he is committed to donating half of his city council salary to local non-profits to truly stay connected to the people.
With a progressive campaign, Metzger is focused on making Minneapolis become a beacon of what is possible. As a life long southsider, Metzger has made a career out of fighting for this vision and the needs of the people. "We envision a Minneapolis that invests in the needs of its people. These needs include affordable housing, structurally supported public safety alternatives, protecting our green spaces and expanding social protections that protect all our residents," he said. Metzger has led campaigns, created laws and organized movements that have created lasting change. He has worked deeply with community and in the capitol as a legislative aide, with major policy wins, such as The Beyond Bullying Bill which ensures schools are safe learning environments for every Minnesotan, no matter their race, religion, sexuality, gender, or disability
Since 2020, Metzger has been deeply rooted in the community, dedicated to justice, and creating real change. He says he is committed to continue the selfless work needed to make a difference. More at www.zachforthepeople.com.
The Messenger and Southwest Connector reached out to local candidates with questions on a variety of issues. Here are the responses of the candidates who responded. Any who respond after our print deadline will be added as they come in.
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Voting in elections is your opportunity to be heard, hold elected officials accountable, and have a say in important issues that affect your community. Prepare to vote so you can take part in our democracy. Learn more about the Hennepin County elections here:
View sample ballots and get election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State web site. You can also sign up to be an election judge, learn about other ways to vote, and register to vote here. Information is available in multiple language, including Somali, Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khamer and Amharic. More here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
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