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July 19, 2004 // UPDATED 2:38 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

Who wants to represent Downtown?

Candidates file for fall primary

Filing for the 2004 elections began July 6 and Downtown's three state representatives have challengers.

The fall elections include the president, U.S. Congress, the Minnesota House of Representatives and state judicial candidates. The State House competition could heat up in a hurry. Filings close Tuesday, July 20.

As of July 15, Republican candidate Jay Cyril Mastrud filed to run against DFL State Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents the North Loop and part of the riverfront. Independence candidate Ron Lischeid filed to run against DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who represents Nicollet Island and the East Bank. Republican Tom Gromacki filed to run against DFL State Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who represents the Downtown core, Elliot Park and Loring Park.

All three incumbents filed for relection on the first day, July 6.

As of July 15, U.S. Cong. Martin Sabo, D-Minn., has two challengers: Green Party candidate Jay Pond and perennial candidate and former Minneapolis City Councilmember Dick Franson, who will vie with Sabo for the Democratic endorsement.

The primary election is set for Sept. 14.

Government Center evacuation drill is July 21

When you see people streaming out of the Hennepin County Government Center on Wednesday, July 21, do not panic.

The Government Center staff is running an emergency response drill that day, evacuating all 24 floors, starting at 10:30 a.m. Employees will go to predetermined sites.

This is the first time that the entire Government Center will have a planned evacuation.

The building will close for service for approximately two hours. It will reopen for employees at 12:15 p.m. and to the public at 12:30 p.m.

Emergency floor monitors -- trained specifically for the event -- will assist employees during the exercise. The Sheriff's Office and Minneapolis Fire Department also will provide emergency evacuation assistance, and medical personnel will be on-site, a county news release said.

Safety officials believe the exercise will help the county improve procedures in the event of a major emergency, including a terrorist threat, a news release said.

On any given day, the Government Center has 2,000-plus employees and 2,000-3,000 visitors.