Star Tribune Editorial: Election Results

» Both mayors should enjoy harmonic relations with their respective city councils. Coleman’s disposition and experience as a former council member should help. Minneapolis’ newly elected body is, if anything, friendlier to Rybak than the previous model.

Labor — especially the police union — took a big hit when Cam Gordon, Betsy Hodges and Elizabeth Glidden (each with ties to Rybak) won open City Council seats. The city’s old-style, insider politics seems in full retreat.

The deeply divided Park and Recreation Board may pose an exception. Reformers fell 300 votes short of taking control when Carol Kummer narrowly retained her District 5 seat. Whether the board’s longtime combatants resume their old feuds depends on what might have been learned from a turbulent campaign.

Our hope is for a fresh start. «

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