What occurred at the DFL city convention on Saturday May 14 is very revealing. Of the four majority faction commissioners on the Park Board who were seeking party endorsement, only two (Jon Olson and Walt Dziedzic) were successful. Olson was unopposed and Dziedzic had to go to three ballots before he could claim his endorsement over a last-minute candidate.
Both Bob Fine and Carol Kummer, long time DFLers, were unsuccessful in getting party endorsements. And both Fine and Kummer have highly qualified candidates running against them. Fine is being challenged by Jim Bernstein and Kummer by Jason Stone.
The stewardship of the majority faction is being questioned — and appropriately so.