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The 2020 general election is on Tuesday, November 3 with absentee voting starting on Friday, September 18. Here’s your voter’s guide for West St. Paul.
Where & How to Vote
We’ve got details on where and how to vote.
- If you vote absentee, the preferred method of returning your ballot (according to the city clerk) is to drop it off at West St. Paul city hall.
- If you vote in person on election day, remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
What’s on the Ballot?
There are federal, state, county, and city races on the ballot, as well as races for judge on the back of the ballot (though only two are contested). Take a look at your sample ballot so you know what to expect.
Who’s Running in West St. Paul?
Here’s a look at who is running for West St. Paul races:
- Dave Napier (incumbent) (campaign site)
- Kimetha “KaeJae” Johnson (campaign site)
City Council Ward 1
- Bob Pace (incumbent) (campaign site)
- Julie Eastman (campaign site)
City Council Ward 2
- Anthony Fernandez (incumbent) (campaign site)
- Robyn Gulley (campaign site)
City Council Ward 3
- Lisa Eng-Sarne (incumbent) (campaign site) (endorsed)
- David Meisinger
Here are the Q&As we asked the candidates:
- Top issues: What are the two to three key issues for West St. Paul to address in the next two years?
- Housing: How will you decide whether or not to support a proposed housing project in West St. Paul?
- Budget: What do you think the city should do to make the most of our limited resources?
- Policing: With increased scrutiny in the aftermath of the George Floyd case, what needs to change about policing here in West St. Paul?
- Sidewalks and trails: How will you support more trails and sidewalks in West St. Paul—including the River-to-River Greenway Trail?
- Diversity: How do you think the city has done with diversity and inclusion, and what specific action should the city take to continue to improve?
More Forums and Q&As
Here are some additional candidate forums and questionnaires:
- Town Square Television candidate forum (you can also read our live blog of the forum) (features all candidates)*
- Town Square Television’s Meet the Candidates (has five of eight candidates)
- East Metro Voter’s Guide (so far has five of eight candidates)
- League of Women Voters & MPR (so far has five of eight candidates)
- West St. Paul race-specific candidate forums (has seven of eight candidates):
- Pioneer Press candidate Q&A (includes seven of eight candidates)*
- St. Paul Voice Voter’s Guide (see page 4; includes all candidates)*
* Please note: In the only places he appeared or gave answers, David Meisinger gave false or misleading information about public safety and other issues. This prompted our endorsement of Lisa Eng-Sarne. Read our endorsement post for more details.
More West St. Paul Election Coverage
Our 2020 election coverage also includes a number of other stories, including a series on firsts in West St. Paul, featuring interviews with Johnson and Fernandez. We also covered how COVID-19 is changing campaigning for all candidates across West St. Paul. You can also check our archives for posts tagged Julie Eastman, Lisa Eng-Sarne, Anthony Fernandez, Robyn Gulley, Kimetha Johnson, David Meisinger, Dave Napier, and Bob Pace.
This post, written during the 2018 campaign, is also enlightening for Ward 3 voters: Why David Meisinger should never hold public office again. Plus why we endorsed Lisa Eng-Sarne.
While we focus on West St. Paul, there are a few other races we’ll comment on. We’ll add more as we get closer to the election.
Second Congressional District
The death of one of the candidates has throw this race into disarray with the November election called off and replaced with a February special election, and then the November election reinstated. Currently this election is still on.
Here’s an overview of this race between incumbent Democrat Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner—as well as what to do if you voted absentee and either skipped this race or need to change your vote (you only have until Oct. 20 to fix that).
The state house representative and state senator are on the ballot this year. For West St. Paul, that’s incumbent Rick Hansen against Mariah de la Paz in the Minnesota House and incumbent Matt Klein against Tomas Settell in the Minnesota Senate. Here’s our summary of the Town Square TV candidate forum for the legislative races. (We’ve also written a fact check about Mariah de la Paz’s claims against Rick Hansen.)
Soil and Water Conservation District
Incumbent Laura Zanmiller is running uncontested for District 2 Supervisor. We interviewed Zanmiller earlier this year to learn more about this position.
Don’t forget to flip your ballot over—there are two contested judicial races, including Minnesota Supreme Court and First District Court.
Thanks for Participating in Our Democracy
No matter who you’re supporting, be sure to get out there and vote.
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How can I be sure that my mail in ballot has been received and approved?
Camellia: You can track your absentee ballot here: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx