The first of two rounds of voting for Bloomington’s city council election takes place on Tuesday.
Ballots have already been cast at Bloomington Civic Plaza, but for those not interested in voting early, the city’s 32 precincts will welcome voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.
The city has primary elections in three of its four races on November’s ballot.
Five candidates are seeking to replace Mayor Gene Winstead, who will step down at the conclusion of this year, completing 20 years as the council’s leader. Seeking to replace Winstead are Councilmember Tim Busse, who is vacating his at-large seat on the council, Sharon Christensen, Rainer Einsmann, Ryan Kulka and Dan Niziolek.
Four candidates are seeking to replace Busse as an at-large representative on the council: Jenna Carter, Brian “Clem” Clemens, Judy Gelina and Larry James Hotchkiss.
The city’s District 1 seat has three candidates seeking to represent the southeast portion of the city. Incumbent Dwayne Lowman is being challenged by Johnathon McClellan and Al Noard.
The top two candidates in each race will advance to the November ballot, where they’ll be joined by the District 2 candidates. Councilmember Shawn Nelson is seeking re-election and will be challenged by Susan “Hofmeister” Woodruff for the seat representing the southwestern portion of the city.
To be eligible to vote, a Bloomington resident must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days prior to the election and finished with all parts of any felony sentence. Voters who are not registered in their Bloomington precinct may register and vote on Election Day.
Bloomington has 32 precincts. Precinct 24 will vote at Community of the Cross Lutheran Church this year, the same as Precinct 23. Voters in Precinct 21 will vote at Richardson Nature Center for the primary only.
A map of the precincts, the polling places and their addresses are available through the city’s website. The Secretary of State’s website will identify which precinct Bloomington residents live in. The information is available online at bit.ly/wheredoivote.
Additional voting information, including League of Women Voters candidate videos, is available online at tr.im/2019vote. Sun Current candidate profiles are available online at tr.im/cc12.
Primary election results will appear online Tuesday night, Aug. 13, at current.mnsun.com, and in the Aug. 22 edition of the Bloomington Sun-Current.
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