Four candidates file for St. Louis Park Ward 1 city council seat, forcing a primary in August

Two candidates file in both Wards 2 and 3, Brausen unchallenged in Ward 4

By Hayden Farmer
Sun Sailor Newspapers

The St. Louis Park City Council candidates have been finalized and Ward 1 voters will have a primary election on Aug. 8.

Four candidates filed in Ward 1, including Steve Kaplan, Margaret Rog, Brian Shekleton and Zaylore Stout. Incumbent Sue Sanger did not seek re-election, having served on the council for 22 year.

Kaplan is an apparent newcomer to the political scene and currently does not have a website listed for his candidacy.

According to her campaign site, Rog was a fundraising consultant for St. Louis Park nonprofits including Bookmark in the Park, Maggie’s Farm Theater and Children First. Rog was also the author of a major grant proposal that launched Health in the Park. Rog has more information at rogforSLP.com.

Shekleton hopes to build off of Sanger’s dedication to community assets as well as her neighbors, according to his campaign site. Shekleton’s résumé is on his candidate website, shekforSLP.com. He has held a variety of city council positions.

According to campaign site ZayloreStout.com, Stout graduated from the University of California State – Fullerton before moving to Minnesota to pursue a law degree from the University of St. Thomas. Stout is an advocate for LGBT issues and believes that leadership begins with the people.

Absentee voting for the primary election will begin June 23 and will close 5 p.m. Aug. 7. The city council will canvas the election results Aug. 10 or 11.

Wards 2 and 3 will each feature a race between two candidates, while incumbent Tim Brausen is running unopposed in Ward 4.

In Ward 2, Anne Mavity, the incumbent, will be challenged by newcomer Noelle Racette.

Mavity has been representing Ward 2 for the last eight years and has had a hand in projects that vary from inclusionary housing policies to initiatives designed to create a safer and healthier community. More information about Mavity can be viewed at annemavity.org.

Racette is currently the senior IT project manager for Optum Health and is a co-founder of Your Corporate Allies, LLC.

Ward 3’s incumbent Gregg Lindberg did not file, which leaves Ward 3 open for Rachel Harris and Jim Leuthner. Neither candidate has listed a candidacy web page.

Brausen will return to Ward 4 as he is running as an unopposed incumbent.

Absentee voting for all four wards will be available on Sept. 22, and will close on Nov. 6. Nov. 7 is Election Day and one candidate will be selected to represent each ward of St. Louis Park.

Contact Hayden Farmer at [email protected]