Incumbents run table in Arden Hills, Shoreview, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Mounds View

Election Day was a good day for incumbent city council members in Arden Hills, Shoreview, Lauderdale, Little Canada and Mounds View — it didn’t hurt that many ran unopposed this fall.

 

Arden Hills

Voters in Arden Hills, who on Nov. 6 weighed in on a three-way race for two council seats, backed experience as the city continues to work on the Rice Creek Commons development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site.

Council member Fran Holmes will be sworn into her fourth term this January with the backing of 41 percent of the vote. 

Alongside her will be council member Steve Scott, who was elected to his first full term on the council with 33 percent of the vote. Scott won his council seat in a 2016 special election. Challenger Greg Rubenstein came up short with 24.5 percent of the vote.

Mayor David Grant ran unopposed for a third term in the position, which he’ll begin in January.

 

Shoreview

Longtime Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin effectively ran unopposed this fall, though a challenger’s name did appear on the ballot. Richard Mester filed to run for mayor but opted to not campaign after he found out Martin was seeking her 12th term, which she won with 81 percent of the vote.

Council incumbents Cory Springhorn and Terry Quigley cruised to victory in the five-way race for two council seats, winning re-election with 32 percent and nearly 31 percent of the vote, respectively. Springhorn won his second term, while Quigley was elected to his fifth term.

The incumbents topped challengers Jesse Ray Ehrenreich (13 percent of the vote), Douglas Blomberg (12 percent of the vote) and William Harris (10 percent of the vote).

 

Lauderdale

In Lauderdale, incumbent council members Andi Moffatt and Roxanne Grove didn’t have an easy victory, as the city’s small size can make for tight races, though the two still came out on top. Moffatt, who was appointed to the council in 2017, won her first full term in office. Grove was first elected to the council in 2008.

By the numbers, Moffatt won 35 percent of the vote. Grove notched her win with 32 percent, trailed by challenger Zak Knudson, who tallied 31 percent of the vote. The single percentage point separating Grove and Knudson came down to only 17 votes, though not few enough to trigger a recount, per City Administrator Heather Butkowski.

Mayor Mary Gaasch was unopposed, and skated to re-election. She won her second term with 96 percent of the vote.

 

Little Canada

Council incumbents Tom Fischer and Christian Torkelson each won their second terms on the council with comfortable margins, winning 40 percent and 37 percent of the vote, respectively. Challenger Andrew Henderson came up short with 20 percent of the vote.

Mayor John Keis once again ran unopposed for the position — he’s done so since first being elected to the position in 2014 — and with 96 percent of the vote, will begin another two-year term in January.

 

Mounds View

There was only the slightest possibility of surprises in Mounds View, where the three incumbents ran unopposed. 

Come January, Mayor Carol Mueller will be sworn in for her second term, alongside council members Bill Bergeron and Al Hull. Bergeron will begin his first full term on the council after winning a special election in 2017, while Hull will begin his fourth council term.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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