November 15, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
Challengers are popping up for several Minneapolis City Council seats now that the 2012 elections are over. Among them is Phil Willkie, who says he will run against Lisa Goodman in Ward 7.
Willkie ran unsuccessfully for the Minneapolis Board of Estimation and Taxation in 2009. We’ll have more on him in the next edition of the Journal.
As for the incumbent, Goodman today confirmed that she will seek re-election. She said she was waiting to see what her district would look like after redistricting before she made up her mind.
“Following our review of the new neighborhoods which include two areas I represented prior to the 2001 redistricting (East Isles 7-9 and Loring Heights 7-10), and dozens of conversations with constituents seeking advice and support I decided I will be seeking re-election,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Journals.
Goodman was first elected in 1997 and won re-election in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
Following redistricting earlier this year, Ward 7 will include the neighborhoods of Bryn Mawr, Kenwood, Cedar-Isles-Dean, Lowry Hill, East Isles, Loring Park and parts of Downtown West and Elliot Park. The ward used to include more of downtown, but added East Isles and part of Stevens Square.
Goodman recently got married and moved to a home in Bryn Mawr with her husband. She had previously lived downtown.
Ward 7 challengers will have an uphill battle to unseat Goodman, a strong fundraiser. She reported having $75,000 in cash on hand at the end of 2011, twice as much as any other council member.
Goodman isn’t the only incumbent facing early challengers. Jacob Frey has announced he is running against Diane Hofstede in Ward 3. You can also read about Meg Tuthill’s three challengers in Ward 10 here.