Two candidates each vie for mayor, two council seats in Minnetonka

The filing period for the Minnetonka’s city election, to include the mayoral race and two at-large council seats, ended Tuesday, May 30, with two candidates filing for each of the positions.

Brad Wiersum, current Ward 3 council member, announced his candidacy for mayor May 9. Wiersum was first appointed to the council in 2003 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
Ashwin Patel has also filed for mayor.

Patel and Wiersum will compete for the mayoral seat vacated by Terry Schneider, who announced he would not run for re-election, after serving on the council since 1992.

The two contenders for at-large Council Seat A include Deb Calvert and Brian Kirk.
Calvert is vice chair of the Minnetonka Planning Commission and has volunteered with the Hopkins School District Legislative Action Coalition. She ran unsuccessfully against Paul Anderson in the 2016 election for the Senate 44 seat. More information can be found at debcalvert.org.
Kirk is chair of the Minnetonka Planning Commission, and member of the 2040 Minnetonka Comprehensive Guide Plan Steering Committee and the Community Advisory Committee of the Southwest Light Rail Transitway. More information can be found at kirkcampaign.com.

The two contenders for at-large Council Seat B include incumbent Patty Acomb. Acomb was elected to the council in 2012 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2013. She also serves on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Citizen Advisory Committee and has previously served on the Minnetonka Park Board. More information can be found at pattyacomb.com.
Derrick Banks has also filed for the council seat.

Compiled by Gabby Landsverk. Contact her at [email protected]