ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The number of women elected to local government posts in Minnesota has leveled off at far less than even since reaching an all-time high in 2002.

The St. Cloud Times reports Sunday that 1990 to 2002 were the peak years for female mayors and city council members in Minnesota. In that 12-year period, the number of female mayors went from 75 to a high of 131 in 2002.

Since then, the number has hovered steadily in the 120s. There are 854 mayors total in Minnesota, meaning about 15 percent of them are women. Women make up less than 30 percent of Minnesota city councils.

Claire Haag, a professor of political science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, says she finds women still have less confidence than do men about running for office.

Comments (25)
  1. paab says:

    So? Why do we have to have an equal number of any gender? In this country if you want to run for office and are elected great for you. Woman have had the right to vote for many decades, if they aren’t voting in the “right” number of women, perhaps the wrong women are running or they are choosing not too. How ridiculous to thnk that a woman, would only vote a certain way, I am a woman and there are many women in public office I would not and have not voted for because they don’t represent my views. Are we to believe that blacks only vote for blacks, or whites only for whites etc…what a sad world if that were true.

  2. Miletus says:

    Left handed people are still under represented too. I know let’s throw a fit about it and spend millions of tax payer dollars on programs to get more left handed people in in Minn. City Halls. What’s the matter you don’t like that idea? Oh I guess you’re a bigot then aren’t you? yes you are. You’re discriminating against left handed people. Oh guess what?! Color blind people are under represented too. Oh I have a great idea! Let’s throw a fit about it and spend millions of tax payer dollars on programs to fix that. Oh you don’t like that idea? You must be a bigot.

  3. Mickey says:

    Slow news day, eh?

  4. Miletus says:

    Oh and what about Dentists? How many dentists do we see in Minn. City Halls? Don’t you know it’s not their fault they’re dentists? They were just born that way. There must be a Dentist gene that scientists still have to find but because of the rampant discrimination against Dentists in this country not enough research is being done on this subject. Oh I know! Let’s spend millions of tax payer dollars on programs to fix that.

  5. Miletus says:

    Oh and what about people with no tonsils? Don’t you know that millions of children were forcibly deprived of their tonsils years ago because adult doctors used to take children’s tonsils out if the tonsils were inflamed and infected resulting in a sore throat>? to this day none of the victims have been paid one penny in compensation for this heinous act of oppression against them.

  6. Miletus says:

    Why don’t you morons and CBS Minnesota get a life and stop assaulting America with your stupid propaganda in your efforts to create the news so you can create a problem so you can report on the problem that you idiots created in the first place! Yuck Fou you oppressive idiots!

    1. se says:

      Are you also claiming that FOX is assaulting America?

      Reality check, America gives both CBS and FOX the right to do this, without them being able to shout out their BS, we would no longer have the America we are supposed to have. It would be oppressive for them not to report this story, why you claim oppression clearly shows your lack of understanding, and that clearly you are not educated.
      This story isn’t bogus, there are less women in office, but that’s because they think with their private parts, men just are constantly trying to prove their manhood, they want to be the boss of everyone, they think they no better than everyone, and by my other comment I’m sure you and everyone else can see I’m not a man hater or women hater, I’ll call out both for what they are as a group!

  7. mark from says:

    Whats the point of this story? Please someone explain that to me, I thought we elected people on their merit not their sex or race? Am I wrong, or is WCCO slipping? I thought WCCO got a new guy to, well I don’t know, but this is a joke.

  8. Miletus says:

    WCCO must be run by idiots who hate America and have too much time on their hands.

  9. Miletus says:

    Don’t forget color blind left handed dentists with no tonsils. They are really under represented. Someone cry me a river! Did you ever do a story on color blind left handed dentists with no tonsils? Why not? You must be a bigot bent on oppressing them by not giving them a voice.

  10. Se says:

    I’d venture to say something very sexiest here? Women have the power in family courts, they have the ability to empower fair rulings in custody cases, simply they just have to say 50/50 joint custody, but instead they allow judges and themselves to remove fathers from the lives of their children.

    Women of Divorce in America take full custody of children 94% of the time in the US, not only are courts in America bias and clearly broken, Women in America are selfish and full of entitlement, they seem as a whole to be incapable of doing whats right for everyone, rather than just whats right for them…So, rather than the courts stopping their bad behavior in enabling the removal of a parent(Father), why don’t women step up and show us all how moral and ethical they are! Men are pigs, we tend to hurt the mothers of our children, but that doesn’t entitle damaging our children in an effort to hurt us, and claiming the courts ruling as the reasoning why this happens is BS, courts shouldn’t even be involved anyway!

  11. mark from says:

    Whats the name of the guy that WCCO just hired to run the News room? Anyone Know? Thanks an email would be great to

  12. mark from says:

    What about people who drive to work on a bike? They should hold some kind of office.

  13. Miletus says:

    Se, that is a very good point. Why isn’t anyone other than intelligent citizens like you reporting on the oppression of men and fathers in family court in America. The American family court system is the most Un-American thing to exist in the entire history of America. The U.S. government through the family court is guilty of crimes far more oppressive that Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. Why don’t we see stories about that anywhere and why don’t we see those stories do often we get sick of seeing them? If one white woman in America disappears the that seems to be news worthy to the extent that the whole world has to hear about it constantly every day on the news in every form of media until we all puke our guts out or she is found, whichever comes first.

  14. Miletus says:

    BTW men are not pigs and men do not tend to hurt the mothers of their children. In fact the vast majority of all men in all countries during the history of the entire world have been the protectors and providers of women and children as they are now. A very small percentage of men hurt women and the vast majority of all other men take steps to protect women from them. One way that happens is by condemning those men verbally as well as putting them in jail or even physically assaulting them, which does happen.

  15. Billy says:

    Women should not hold any office. I only vote for white men

    1. mark from says:

      @Billy Isn’t there a Klan meeting you are late for? Your, well how can I put this? Stupid, yes that word will fit you.

  16. steve kemp says:

    I was the only male in a otherwise all female city coucil. After the last election another male was added. By the Way, I’m also left handed

  17. Flippen crazy says:

    What is the KEY word? ELECTED.
    It’s a given that more woman vote than men. So ….mmmmmmmmmmm. What does that say right there?
    End the debate – vote I guess. 😉

  18. Melvin says:

    Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City sailor wanna hump hump bar? Or is this getaway day in your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy somplace else. We’re all stocked up here.

  19. Red says:

    Look at us going on and on. We have far too much time on our hands. We all need a llife.

  20. Victim Du Jour says:

    Perhaps the author doesn’t know we live in a “republic”.

  21. Time for a change says:

    Sounds like way too many men 😛

    The guys keep on getting things wrong. Can’t count on them!

    History has proven that.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      Men invented all the modern amenities that women take for granted.

      Now the government dishes out 110 billion dollars a year to Single mothers.

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