Council Member Appointment Process

Governor Tim Walz will appoint a new member to the Metropolitan Council to replace outgoing Council Member Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson. She represented Met Council District 6, serving Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, St. Louis Park, and a portion of Minneapolis.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor appointed a nominating committee to hear from the applicants and take public testimony. Once the Governor has chosen a replacement, he will notify the Minnesota Senate of his intention to appoint a Council Member to serve District 6.


The Metropolitan Council Nominating Committee has forwarded the names of three finalists for the open position for District 6 Council member to Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan for consideration.

Individuals are listed alphabetically and in no priority order:

  • Anne Mavity
  • Aiysha Mustapha
  • John Pacheco, Jr.


Candidates are listed alphabetically and in no other priority order.

  • Alex Cecchini
  • Larry Fonnest
  • Michael Herring
  • Thomas Hoch
  • Anne Mavity
  • Aiysha Mustapha
  • John Pacheco, Jr. 


The nominating committee met on December 9 to interview finalists:

Nominating committee members

  • Janet Williams, Mayor of Savage, representing Scott County
  • Dave Bartholomay, Mayor of Circle Pines, representing Anoka County
  • Randy Maluchnik, Former County Commissioner, representing Carver County
  • George Tourville, Former Mayor of Inver Grove Heights, representing Dakota County
  • Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council Vice President, representing Hennepin County
  • John Choi, County Attorney, representing Ramsey County
  • Lisa Weik, County Commissioner, representing Washington County
  • Charlie Zelle, Metropolitan Council Chair, ex officio member
  • Nikki Villavicencio, Maplewood City Council Member and disability rights advocate, ex officio member
  • Pahoua Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation, ex officio member
  • Dr. Joe Hobot, President and CEO, American Indian OIC, ex officio member
  • Ruby Azurdia-Lee, President of Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servico (CLUES), ex officio member