Names of city candidates were drawn at random to determine which order they will appear on the April 8 ballot.
Here’s what the luck of the draw turned out:
And for council positions:
At large A
At large B
Connie Ideker, left, looks on as City Clerk Lorie Hogstad reads the names of a mayoral candidate.
City Clerk Lorie Hogstad and assistant Connie Ideker drew the names from plastic containers Tuesday morning. Schwan was the only candidate on hand to watch. She was the first to turn in her nominating petition last month to officially get on the ballot.
“First one here, last one drawn,” she said when her name came up second in her district race.
Does it matter who’s listed first? Research has shown that undecided voters tend to latch on to the first name they read.
Hogstad will draft a sample ballot to be reviewed by the city attorney and county auditor. The city will print 115,000 ballots.
Along with mayor and council candidates, voters will be deciding on three amendments to the city charter and four ballot measures. The ballot measures will be listed in the order that they were filed: snow gates, Spellerberg pool, Shape Places and Walmart re-zoning.
The wording for each of the ballot measures will be available on the city website by 4 p.m. today.