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Richfield Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Richfield and Hennepin County.

Last Update: Aug. 13, 2012 at 1 p.m.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Richfield Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near.

Bookmark this page, as it will be updated as we go.

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Richfield City Council

Candidate Profiles:

- Ward 1

- Ward 2

- Ward 2

- Ward 3

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  • Published: June 13, 2012

Both Ward 1 and 3 are now unopposed.

  • Published: June 6, 2012

All three ward seats are up for re-election.

  • Published: May 18, 2012

After two terms on the council, Fred Wroge announces he will not seek re-election.

  • Published: May 12, 2012

The former Richfield City Council and Minnesota House member announces her candidacy.

State Legislature

Minnesota House Candidate Profiles:

(D-50A, incumbent)

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  • Published: June 6, 2012

The recent legislative redistricting split Richfield between two districts: Everything north and east of 73rd Street and Lyndale Avenue falls into Senate District 63, leaving the majority of Richfield in Senate District 50. The number of House districts (two) remained the same.

  • Published: May 31, 2012

Rep. Linda Slocum (D-Richfield) reflects on the recent session and looks forward to the November election.

  • Published: May 23, 2012

In a Star Tribune column, Richfield Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL) says Republicans didn't make good on their promises they were elected on two years ago.

U.S. House

Candidate Profiles:

(Republican)

(DFL)

Issues

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Voters will be asked to decide whether the Minnesota Constitution should be amended to state marriage is only between one man and one woman.

Richfield Patch's series on local churches and their positions on the marriage amendment

Business and The Amendment

Many companies have spoken out in support and opposition of the amendment:

Richfield-based Best Buy is also being encouraged to oppose the amendment by people who are becoming a part of a Change.org campaign. The company has yet to speak on the matter:

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Voter ID Amendment

Voters will be asked to decide whether to amend the state constitution to require all voters show a valid Minnesota ID in order to vote.

  • Published: April 12, 2012

Voter ID would require more election judges, additional training and new equipment that would result in hundreds of thousands in new election costs for Hennepin County and cities within its boundaries, according to county estimates.

  • Published: April 4, 2012

The Minnesota Senate passed the bill April 4, shortly after the Minnesota House passed its version, sending the measure to the November ballot. Watch video of the proceedings.

Voting

In addition to legislative maps being redrawn this year, Richfield precinct and ward boundaries were as well.

Richfield Redraws Ward, Precinct Lines

Stay tuned for more!

Eric Ferguson June 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Is there a definitive map of precinct boundaries? Every map I can find is different.
Caitlin Burgess June 22, 2012 at 09:24 PM
You bet! I just added PDFs of the new precinct and ward maps, as well as a copy of the old precinct map. Here is the link to the original story on the new lines: http://patch.com/A-src5 (I also added the story under the "Voting" at the bottom the guide above.) Hope this helps!

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