City Council sees turnover

by Alma Pronove

Come January, the Minneapolis City Council could have more freshman members than returners.

Six incumbents won re-election, leaving seven of 13 council seats open for new faces.

Three incumbents lost their seats on Election Day, and of the four seats with no incumbent, only one had a winner after first-choice votes were counted.

Cam Gordon, who was re-elected to his Ward 2 seat, said new council members will bring bold ideas to City Hall.

“Old members can lose their creativity,” he said.

Hamline University law professor David Schultz said the fresh faces represent a shift for Minneapolis’ Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.

“Assuming [Betsy] Hodges becomes mayor, what you really are going to see is a generational shift in Minneapolis politics,” he said.

Schultz said the “new” DFL is distinguished by its commitment to social justice issues, independence from labor organizations and focus on neighborhood issues over downtown development.