Roseville council candidates are set


Dan Roe

Tammy McGehee

Wayne Groff

Bob Willmus

Jim Bull

Dannah Thompson

There were no huge surprises in the Aug. 14 Roseville City Council primary, which set the slate of candidates for the November election.

Incumbent Mayor Dan Roe was the top vote-getter out of all nine candidates on the primary ballot and won a spot on the mayoral race ballot handily with nearly 58 percent of the vote.

He'll be seeking his third, four-year term as mayor against current council member Tammy McGehee, who also won a place on the fall ballot with 35 percent of the vote. Newcomer Brett Rose, in his first run for elected office, won 7 percent of the vote but will not advance on to the fall election.

Familiar names came out on top in the city council primary, which winnowed six candidates to four, who will vie for a pair of council seats.

Wayne Groff tallied the most votes for a council seat and will appear on the November ballot behind the force of nearly 31 percent of the primary vote. Groff was a council candidate in 2016, coming up short in a three-way race for two seats, and is a current city Planning Commission member. As he was two years ago, Groff is endorsed by the Roseville DFL.

Incumbent council member Bob Willmus came in second place on the council side with nearly 26 percent of the vote. He'll be seeking his third term on the council this fall.

The council field is rounded out by Jim Bull and Dannah Thompson, who won 17 percent and nearly 16 percent of the vote, respectively. 

Bull is a Planning Commission member, and according to his campaign bio, is a professional IT management consultant. Thompson, according to her campaign bio, is a paralegal supervisor at a private law firm.

Roe, Willmus and Bull were candidates supported by a Garbage Haulers for Citizen Choice mailer that circulated prior to the primary, drawing comments from readers.

Council candidates Vince Trovato and Abel Aaron Nelson, who won't advance past the primary, won 6 percent and 3 percent of the vote, respectively.

Roseville primary night returns on the Secretary of State's website were initially incorrect, though corrected later.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

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