Maplewood gearing up for summer vote

Primary election scheduled Aug. 13

If you’re a Maplewood resident, be sure to mark your calendars for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The city’s 16 polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the winners will advance to the municipal general election Nov. 5.
There are three candidates for mayor and six candidates for the two council seats that will expire in December. The primary will narrow the field to two mayoral candidates and four for city council on Election Day in November.

The mayoral candidates are:
• Fran Grant
• Diana Longrie, former mayor, 2005-2009
• Nora Slawik, seven-term state representative, 1996-2012
City council candidates are:
• Marylee Abrams, labor and employment attorney
• Margaret Behrens, Maplewood Parks System Task Force member
• Rebecca Cave, incumbent, 2006-2007, 2012-present
• Kathy Juenemann, incumbent, 2001-present
• Roger Samarani, local business owner
• Warren Wessel, local realtor
Ron Cockriel also filed for city council, but withdrew his candidacy prior to the primary election.
Residents who have moved, changed their name or not voted for four consecutive years will need to update their registration information. The pre-registration period for the primary election has closed, but same-day registration will be available. Call the Maplewood Citizens Services Department at 651-249-2001 to learn more about which forms of identification are accepted for same-day registration.
There are 16 polling locations in the city of Maplewood. To find the polling place nearest to you, visit
For more information about elections and voter registration, visit

— Johanna Holub

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