As election looms, Mpls. braces for 'incredible time,' 'period of conflict'

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The election that's less than three weeks away will bring big changes to Minneapolis city hall.

University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs tells the campus newspaper it's an incredible time in the city, but he also expects the election will lead to a period of conflict as lots of new arrivals at city hall learn to work together.

R.T. Rybak's announcement last December that he will not seek a fourth term means the mayor's office is getting a new tenant. In addition, four city council races have no incumbent and the Daily reports seven of the other nine races also look to be close contests.

Minneapolis' adoption of ranked choice voting makes for a crowded ballot in the mayor's race. Since voters can now choose their first, second, and third choices in November, the city dispensed with the primary election. That means 35 names, a record for Minneapolis, will appear on the ballot.

Not all of those candidates are actively campaigning, but KARE-11 reports those who are face the challenge of how to stand out in such a big crowd.

Even with all those candidates, the elephant in the room is someone who's not running: Mayor Rybak. MinnPost reports it remains a mystery whether Rybak will make an endorsement and if so, which candidate it will be.

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