May 31, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
Minneapolis City Council elections are still 19 months away, but it’s likely that the Vikings stadium deal approved last week will be a major issue in November 2013, when all 13 council members and the mayor are up for re-election.
Mayor R.T. Rybak has said on several occasions that the elections would give residents their referendum on a stadium deal.
“We’re not going to do a referendum in the city,” he told the Star Tribune in January. “We are going to have a referendum in a couple years when I stand for re-election.”
Council Member Gary Schiff, last week, urged opponents of the deal to hold City Council members accountable for their votes.
“Your voices are more important that ever in the next year ahead to hold this body accountable and to demand a real democracy and a fair economic investment from the city of Minneapolis,” Schiff said. “And that’s the only way we’re going to get the change we need.
City Council members still have plenty of time to file for re-election and raise money. But they were required to turn in campaign finance reports in January showing how much they raised in 2011 and how much they have in the bank.
Most of the seven council members have a sizeable bank account should they face a challenge in November. Council members mostly raised money in 2011 through fundraising events, not through individual donations. Here’s a look at where council members stood in January in terms of fundraising.
Stadium deal supporters
Barb Johnson raised $23,000 in 2011 and had $6,200 in the bank.
Sandy Colvin Roy raised $5,600 in 2011 and had $8,600 in the bank.
Diane Hofstede raised $18,600 in 2011 and had $35,000 in the bank. Hofstede has loaned her campaign $61,000.
Kevin Reich raised $3,200 in 2011 and had $4,100 in the bank.
Meg Tuthill raised $1,200 in 2011 and had $10,900 in the bank.
John Quincy raised $2,800 in 2011 and had $3,300 in the bank.
Don Samuels raised $5,200 in 2011 and had $7,100 in the bank (Note: Samuels is running for Hennepin County commissioner).
Mayor R.T. Rybak raised $24,000 in 2011 and had $28,000 in the bank.
Stadium deal opponents
Betsy Hodges raised $2,640 in 2011 and had $1,400 in the bank.
Elizabeth Glidden raised $4,900 in 2011 and had $7,500 in the bank.
Robert Lilligren raised $8,700 in 2011 and had $8,100 in the bank.
Lisa Goodman raised $9,300 in 2011 and had $75,000 in the bank.
Cam Gordon raised $225 in 2011 and was in the hole $423.
Gary Schiff raised $5,000 in 2011 and had $1,600 in the bank.
Source: Hennepin County (http://www16.co.hennepin.mn.us/cfrs/welcome.do)