Believe it or not, election season has begun in St. Paul.
All seven seats on the St. Paul City Council will be on the November ballot, arranged by ward. The races officially are non-partisan, but that doesn’t stop most candidates from seeking the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The first step in that process unfolds at 1 p.m. Sunday when the St. Paul DFL’s citywide precinct caucuses get underway.
The caucuses, held at high schools throughout the city, serve as a starting point to choose delegates to the ward conventions, where the party will endorse candidates.
In three wards, where council incumbents Mitra Jalali, Rebecca Noecker and Nelsie Yang so far appear to be unopposed for re-election, the conventions will be held directly after the Sunday caucuses.
In Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7, where a total of 12 candidates are seeking the DFL endorsement, ward conventions will be held throughout April. There are no incumbents i...