Newcomers Forney, Musich join seven incumbents on Park Board

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November 8, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Newcomers Meg Forney and Steffanie Musich will join seven incumbents on the newly-elected Park Board.

Forney picked up 10,973 votes, beating out former Park Board President Tom Nordyke by 2,220 votes for the third and final at-large spot. Current Park Board President John Erwin joins her along with Annie Young, who was elected to her seventh consecutive term.

Forney is no stranger to the Park Board. She has served on numerous Park Board Citizens Advisory Committees, the Midtown Greenway Coalition Board and narrowly lost at-large Park Board bids in 2005 and 2009.

"Tenacity works," she said. "I was fortunate to have a stong base in place from my 35 years of neighborhood involvement...and I think what I campaigned on - egalitarian access to all parks - really resonated with themes from the mayoral campaign."

Forney said she received a congratulatory phone call from Erwin shortly after her win was announced and has known Young since before Young was first elected in 1989.

Musich will replace outgoing District 5 Commissioner Carol Kummer. Musich, who ran unopposed, was endorsed by Kummer and District 3 Commissioner Scott Vreeland.

Musich is certified as a Hennepin County Master Gardener and is the founder and president of the Friends of Lake Nokomis, a non-profit that works with local government bodies to protect and improve the lake and the surrounding park.

Incumbents Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, Jon Olson, Brad Bourn and Anita Tabb were all re-elected by large margins.