Roseville City Council primary set for Aug. 14

Tammy McGehee

Dan Roe

Familiar faces run for mayor, 6 seek council seats.


There’s so much enthusiasm to run for the Roseville City Council that primaries were triggered for both the mayoral race and the race for two council seats.

When candidate filing closed June 5, there were three candidates for mayor and six running for the council. The Aug. 14 primary will winnow the field down to two mayoral candidates and four council candidates.


Incumbent Mayor Dan Roe is seeking a third term. Current council member Tammy McGehee, whose term expires at the end of the year, along with newcomer Brett Rose, are also running for Roseville’s top elected position.


What they say

Roe, who filed to run on May 22, the day candidate filing opened, said in an interview that he’s running on his previous eight years as mayor.

“I’ve got a pretty proven record of providing thoughtful and considerate leadership in the community,” he said, pointing out that when making decisions he attempts to engage everyone who should be engaged, and that “we’ve accomplished some great things.”

During his time as mayor, Roe points to infrastructure sustainability, parks improvements and economic development — “We’ve moved the ball forward in those areas for the community.”

McGehee filed to run for mayor just before filing closed June 5. “I was making up my mind,” she said in an interview. As for her decision to run for a new position on the council as her second term as a council member is set to expire at the end of the year, she said she was seeking change.

“I’ve been on the council for eight years and there are some things I’d really like to see us do differently,” she said. “So I went and made that decision.”

McGehee said as mayor she’d seek to improve community engagement in order hear more voices and to make residents feel more comfortable when bringing issues to the city council.

She said her record on the council should inform residents of what she’s all about: the environment, open space, grassroots government, sustainability and fiscal responsibility.

“That’s what I’ve been supporting,” she said, “and I’ll probably continue to support that.”

Though this is the first time that Roe and McGehee have gone head-to-head in the same race, the two aren’t exactly strangers to being at odds with each other, as council meeting exchanges between the two can frequently become terse.

Rose said in an interview that this is his first run for elected office. 

A 10-year Roseville resident who lives in the city with his wife and daughter and an area manager for RBG Group where he handles sales and marketing for the company’s hotels, Rose said his two main focuses as mayor would be keeping taxes low and keeping jobs in the city.

“We’re raising taxes for us to go spend $2.5 million to buy a half-empty strip mall to redo our DMV,” said Rose, using the city’s recent purchase of the Lexington Shoppes, which houses the Roseville License Center, as an example of what he sees as unnecessary spending. The purchase was passed on a 3-2 vote, with those who voted in favor arguing that the income brought in by the mall, and an improved License Center, would offset the price.

He also said that senior citizens, who live on fixed incomes, have told him they feel pinched by rising city fees.

“[Roseville] can definitely be a better place — that’s my goal, to make it a place my daughter wants to stay,” said Rose, noting he’d be happy if many more generations of Roses called Roseville home.


Council race

The other council incumbent, Bob Willmus, is seeking a third term as a council member and will be up against Jim Bull, Wayne Groff, Abel Aaron Nelson, Dannah Thompson and Vince Trovato in the primary.

Groff ran as a Roseville DFL-endorsed candidate for what is officially a nonpartisan council seat in 2016, losing with nearly a quarter of the vote to incumbent council members Jason Etten and Lisa Laliberte. Groff is again being endorsed by the local Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.

Roseville last had a city council primary in 2012. Election Day is Nov. 6.


– Mike Munzenrider can be reached at or 651-748-7813

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