Murphy Top Vote-getter in Robbinsdale Ward 1 Special Election
Valentine’s Day was voting day for some residents in the city of Robbinsdale. A special election took place Tuesday for the vacant Ward 1 council seat.
Regan Murphy received the most votes, besting challenger Raymond Blackledge. Murphy received 127 votes to Blackledge’s 105. The two candidates had advanced from a Nov. 8 primary after receiving the most votes out of a field of five candidates.
Murphy is a former Robbinsdale mayor, who served two terms. Blackledge is currently a track and field coach at Armstrong High School and works for a Rochester-based nonprofit serving schools in Minnesota’s southeast region.
Ward 1 represents the northwest part of Robbinsdale.
Results are expected to be certified at a Feb. 21 canvassing board meeting, which takes place before the city council meeting. The term for the winning candidate runs through the end of next year.
The winner replaces Tyler Kline, who resigned last year due to an incident in which he pleaded guilty to drunken driving and fleeing police. Kline is currently serving three years of probation.