McLaughlin tops Rybak, but no DFL mayoral endorsement

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May 23, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: David Brauer
David Brauer

Get ready for at least four more months of R.T. Rybak versus Peter McLaughlin.

Rybak failed to knock McLaughlin out of the 2005 mayor's race as the 1,963 DFL delegates made no endorsement May 12. McLaughlin, who pledged to bow out if Rybak was endorsed, instead led on all five ballots. However, McLaughlin's 52.8 percent support on the final ballot fell short of the 60 percent endorsement requirement.

Both candidates proceed to the Sept. 13 primary, where they will face Green Party nominee Farheen Hakeem and DFL candidate Dick Franson. Other candidates may emerge before the July 19 filing deadline.

In other races affecting Southwest:

- Park Board At-large. Delegates endorsed former Park Board Supt. Mary Merrill Anderson for one of three citywide seats. Anderson was the only candidate endorsed on the first ballot. Tom Nordyke, formerly of Downtown's Artspace, was also endorsed, but the party did not anoint a third candidate, spurning incumbent Rochelle Berry Graves, Meg Forney, Paula Gilbertson and John Lilly.

Berry Graves plans to keep running; Forney, Gilbertson and Lilly said they haven't decided.

- Park District 4. East Calhoun's Tracy Nordstrom won the endorsement over Christine Hansen of Kenwood for the district that covers most of Downtown. Hansen plans to keep running.

- Library Board. Delegates endorsed Sheldon Mains, Alan Hooker and incumbent Laura Waterman Wittstock on the first ballot. (Wittstock, a mayoral appointee, is seeking election this year). On the second ballot, Gary Thaden and incumbents Rod Krueger and Laurie Savran received endorsement to fill out the six-candidate slate.

- Board of Estimate and Taxation. Delegates endorsed newcomers Jill Schwimmer and Carol Becker over 30-year board incumbent Gordon Nelson. The board sets the maximum annual property tax levies that bind the city, Park Board and Library Board.