How Redistricting Affects Ballot for Three Rivers Park District Commissioners
Communities throughout the west Metro belong to the Three Rivers Park District.
July 30, 2012
With the primary election in Minnesota approaching on Aug. 14, Three Rivers Park District is reminding voters that commissioner districts have changed due to redistricting.
However, voters living in the city of Minnetonka will not see the park district on their primary ballot. Only two are running for the position in District 4: John Gunyou (Minnetonka) and Leigh Harrod (Excelsior).
The seven-member Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners includes five commissioners elected by residents of suburban Hennepin County and two members appointed on an at-large basis by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. The Board adopted the redistricting plan for Three Rivers Park District this spring.
State statute requires that the population of each district be as equal as possible. To achieve that population balance, four cities are split between two Commissioner districts. They are: Brooklyn Park (Districts 2 and 3), Hopkins (Districts 3 and 4), Orono (Districts 1 and 4) and Richfield (Districts 4 and 5).
As of this posting, primary elections will take place Aug. 14 for District 1 and District 2 to narrow the field of candidates to two.
District 1 Candidates:
Penny Steele (Rogers)
Sara Wyatt (Orono)
James Holmbeck (Mound)
Janice Meyer (Rogers)
District 2 Candidates:
Jennifer DeJournett (Maple Grove)
Rick Theisen (Maple Grove)
Marilynn Corcoran (Dayton)
District 3 Candidates (no primary scheduled as of this posting):
Daniel Freeman (Golden Valley)
Matthew Laue (Robbinsdale)
District 4 Candidates (no primary scheduled as of this posting):
John Gunyou (Minnetonka)
Leigh Harrod (Excelsior)
District 5 Candidates (no primary scheduled as of this posting):
John Gibbs (Bloomington)
A map available on the Board of Commissioners page on the Park District’s website shows the new districts approved by the Board. The new Commissioner districts are:
Commissioner District 1 (currently represented by Sara Wyatt)
Orono, Precincts 1, 3 and 4
Commissioner District 2 (currently represented by Marilynn Corcoran)
Brooklyn Park: All Precincts Except W1-O & W1-R
Commissioner District 3 (currently represented by Joan Peters)
Brooklyn Park: Precincts W1-O & W1-R Only
Hopkins – Precinct 2
St. Louis Park
Commissioner District 4 (currently represented by Dale Woodbeck)
Hopkins: All Precincts Except 2
Orono – Precinct 2
Richfield: All Precincts Except 6 & 9
Commissioner District 5 (currently represented by John Gibbs)
Richfield: Precincts 6 & 9
Larry Blackstad currently serves as board chair and is appointed by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. The second county board appointee slot is currently vacant.
Three Rivers Park District is a nature-based park system that manages park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Park District owns and operates more than 27,000 acres and serves more than 9 million visitors a year.