Adam Duininck

Metropolitan Council

With two years apparently remaining in his tenure (likely sunsetting with the end of Gov. Mark Dayton’s term), Adam Duininck leads an increasingly activist and divisive regional planning body in a metropolis where issues of local control burn as hot as the ideological passions that feed them. The council’s recent decision to force-fund Southwest Light Rail against the Legislature’s recalcitrance drew an unprecedented line in the sand, though issues of housing development and water rights are prominent, too. Much is riding on the 2016 election (results not available at press time). Under DFL legislative control, Duininck’s influence will rise; under divided government, calls for neutering and reorganizing the council will continue.