MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One week from Tuesday is Election Day as voters in Minneapolis will pick their next mayor.
The city’s current leader, R.T. Rybak, is not seeking re-election. That’s partly why there are so many people running this year. The 35 candidates include two current City Council members, two former City Council presidents, a former County Commissioner and an airport baggage handler in a swimsuit in his campaign ad, promising to stop visiting strip clips if he’s elected.
Another reason there are so many candidates is that it only costs $20 to get your name on the ballot in Minneapolis. It costs $500 in St. Paul. There is ranked choice voting in Minneapolis and St. Paul, meaning voters will pick a first, second and third choice.
If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the first-choice votes, there will be automatic runoff counts. You can learn more about the Minneapolis candidates by listening to a debate on WCCO Radio tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The first half hour will be an interview with Mayor Rybak. Topics include property taxes, minimum wage and the new Vikings Stadium.