Meg Tuthill denied DFL endorsement, says she doesn't know if she'll seek reelection
Tuthill's challenger, Lisa Bender, said Saturday's vote shows "people want a change of leadership," the Strib reports.
Meg Tuthill was one of three City Council members to emerge from this weekend's DFL conventions without her party's endorsement.
In Tuthill's Uptown-area ward, the endorsement instead went to challenger Lisa Bender. Tuthill, of course, could choose to run without party backing, but she promised during Saturday's convention to "suspend" her campaign if she didn't get the DFL nod.
Afterward, however, she hedged her bets.
Referring to her vacation plans, Tuthill said, "I'm not doing anything right now but planning to get the hell out of town," according to the Star Tribune. "I have no plans to pick up a campaign, to end a campaign, I have no plans to do anything right now."
Robert Lilligren and Sandy Colvin Roy were the other two council members who were unable to secure DFL backing.
In the Sixth Ward, Lilligren is facing a stiff challenge from Abdi Warsame, who is striving to become the first Somali elected to the City Council. Lilligren's ward was redrawn after the last round of council elections and now includes a higher concentration of the city's Somali population. Warsame won the DFL nomination, but Lilligren said he'll seek reelection nonetheless.
Meanwhile, 12th Ward delegates didn't endorse Colvin Roy or her challenger, Andrew Johnson.
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