Bloomington voters are assured of at least one new city council representative in 2018, as one of two incumbents on the primary ballot will not advance to November’s election.
The city’s at-large seat on November’s ballot will belong to a newcomer, as Nathan Coulter and Michael Arulfo emerged as the winners of a four-candidate field in Tuesday’s primary election. Coulter bested the field with 1,272 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. Arulfo finished second with 926 votes.
The tandem combined to draw nearly 60 percent of the votes cast. Third place went to Susan “Hofmeister” Woodruff with 810 votes and Kim Vlaisavljevich, the council’s appointed choice to fill a vacancy last spring, finished fourth with 677 votes.
The primary ballot also featured a four-way race for the city’s District 2 seat, which represents eight precincts in southwest Bloomington. The incumbent, Eldon Spencer, finished atop the field with 566 votes, nearly 41 percent of the votes cast. Spencer, who was appointed by the council to fill a vacancy earlier this year, will be challenged by Shawn Nelson, whose 315 votes accounted for more than 22 percent of the votes cast.
Third place went to Lenny Klevan Schmitz, who received 293 votes, while fourth place went to Cheryl Lewis, who received 212 votes.
The candidates will be joined on the ballot by two candidates for the city’s districts 3 and 4 seats in November. The ballot will include a Bloomington Board of Education election for four of its seven seats. The school board election does not have a primary, and the filing period for that race runs through Aug. 15.
– Compiled by Mike Hanks