The race for the City Council seat in the 13th Ward has become a three-way race. Linea Palmisano, fresh off gaining the DFL endorsement at the 13th Ward convention, faces her old challenger Matt Perry and a newcomer to the race, Missy Durant. All three will face off in the general election this November as citizens of the 13th Ward choose a replacement for Betsy Hodges, who is running for mayor in Minneapolis.
Perry, who previously had stated he would abide by the DFL endorsement and suspend his campaign if he did not win it, notified his supporters this week in a letter describing why he decided to stay in the race. The letter states that while “not getting the DFL endorsement was a disappointment…the decision to continue running is not one I arrived at lightly.” Perry cites several meetings with constituents urging him to continue the race and says “my background sets me apart” and “I am ready for this job.” Perry told the Southwest Journal that a “groundswell of interest” from citizens of the ward pushed him to continue on in the race. The entire letter is currently posted at the Perry campaign website.
The newcomer to the 13th Ward race is executive consultant Missy Durant, who according to her campaign website “provides strategic HR and customer insight consulting services to a variety of clients through Salo, a senior-level staffing agency.” Caitlin Burgess at Southwest Minneapolis Patch reported that Durant kicked off her campaign June 18 at Beards Plaisance Pavilion. Your faithful Examiner will be interviewing the candidate this week.
Palmisano held a “thank you” gathering at Turtle Bread June 19. Around fifty people were in attendance to hear a fundraising pitch from several surrogates and a speech from the candidate. Palmisano described her candidacy when it began in January and how she had to convince the people of the ward that she was qualified for the job. She said she was an “activist for ten years” before running for the Council seat and was proud to get a “homegrown” endorsement from the DFL in the 13th Ward. Palmisano also revealed endorsements from the 1st Ward Council Member Kevin Reich and the Building Trades Association.
Speaking on the record at this event the candidate’s father Michael said he wasn’t surprised his daughter would “find work in some sort of service to other people.” He spoke of her days in Chicago when she worked with the Panera Bread company (then called the “St. Louis Bread Company”) to help start its food reuse program by driving the extra bread around to various food shelves. Also at the event was resident Catrina Huynh-Weiss of Linden Hills who said that while it’s “important to put women in positions of power” it was Palmisano’s “character” and “persistence” that won her support. Finally Palmisano campaign manager Emily Nachtigal said that she was “energized by Linea” and that the candidate has the ward’s best interests in mind.
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