Rog, Shekleton advance in St. Louis Park’s Ward 1

In an Aug. 8 primary, voters in St. Louis Park’s Ward 1 sent Margaret Rog and Brian Shekleton on to this November’s general election in a race to replace Councilmember Sue Sanger.

With all precincts reporting, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office reported that Rog received 459 votes, or nearly 48 percent of the vote in the four-person primary Aug. 8. Shekleton received 273 votes, or about 28 percent – enough to advance to the general election.

Zaylore Stout, who has been involved in advocacy group Allies of St. Louis Park, came in third with 210 votes, or about 22 percent of the total. Steve Kaplan, who has lived on Joppa Avenue for 19 years, came in last with 20 votes, or about 2 percent. The primary eliminated Stout and Kaplan.

Rog is a member of the St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission, co-chair of the Birchwood Neighborhood Association and a member of the St. Louis Park Community Housing team. She works as a development consultant for nonprofits.

Shekleton is a policy aide to Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. He is a member of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District board, has been involved in the St. Louis Park Community Youth and Development Fund and helped create guidelines  for the St. Louis Park Environment and Sustainability Commission.

Sanger decided not to run for re-election this year after decades in office. This is the last primary in St. Louis Park after the council voted to eliminate primaries in city races in future years. The council is considering implementing a ranked-choice voting system.

Rog and Shekleton will compete in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The term for the seat is four years in length.

The current annual salary for the position is $6,977 plus a $4,495 stipend for their Economic Development Authority duties for a total of $11,472.