The small suburb of Columbia Heights, in the northern Twin Cities metro, has saddled its residents with a shocking 40% increase in property taxes in just the last five years. Libertarian candidate Bob Odden is running to stop the fiscal recklessness, making a second run against incumbent Mayor Gary Peterson.
Hennepin County recently considered a 1% tax increase even in a recession, after burdening residents with another 5% property tax hike last year. In a county where residents are used to being squeezed by county officials, Libertarian candidate Mary O'Connor has decided that enough is enough. She's taking on entrenched incumbent Mike Opat in District 1, which includes Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, north Crystal, northwest Minneapolis, north New Hope, Osseo, and Robbinsdale.
Residents of the Twin Cities southern suburb of Apple Valley will have a unique opportunity this fall, with a Libertarian in the race for Mayor. Ryan Richard Moe, a longtime resident and small businessman, is running against incumbent Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland. Ryan Moe has seen some troubling things in the city, including wasteful spending on city-run liquor stores and a multi-million dollar waterpark, two issues which inspired him to throw his hat into the ring.
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