2018 Mayor & City Council Candidates

The terms of Mayor Denny Laufenburger and Council members Elise Ryan and Dan Campion will expire at the end of 2018. Terms of office are for four years and members are elected at large. The municipal election is held in conjunction with the General Election on November 6, 2018. 

Candidate Forums


  • BuyChanhassen will be hosting a candidate forum in conjunction with their membership luncheon on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Chanhassen American Legion Post 580.
  • The Eastern Carver County League of Women Voters will be hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 7-8:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Campaign Financial Reports


View Campaign Financial Reports for all candidates.

2018 Mayor & City Council Candidates


Candidate Name  Position Filing For Date Filed
Bob Ayotte City Council  7/31/18
Denny Laufenburger Mayor 7/31/18
Balakrishna Chintaginjala Mayor 8/1/18
 TJ Hart Mayor 8/6/18 
Elise Ryan Mayor 8/7/18
Julia Coleman City Council 8/7/18
Dan Campion City Council 8/7/18
Georgia Begin City Council 8/10/18
*NOTE: Additional candidate information will be provided below when available
Name Bob Ayotte                                                                                        
Age  
Address PO Box 1037, Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (952) 769-6848
Email  
Website www.bobayotte2018.com
Occupation / Employer  
Office Sought City Council
Current Office Held  
First Year Elected / Appointed  
Previous Elected / Appointed Public Offices City Council (2001-2004)
Date Filed July 31, 2018
Name Denny Laufenburger                                                                       
Age 69
Address 2824 Century Trail, Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (612) 327-6800
Email laufendh@mchsi.com
Website www.dennyforchan.com
Occupation / Employer Retired - Active Volunteer
Office Sought Mayor
Current Office Held Mayor
First Year Elected / Appointed 2014
Previous Elected / Appointed Public Offices City Council (2011-2014)
Planning Commission (2008-2010)
Date Filed July 31, 2018
Name Balakrishna Chintaginjala                                                 
Age 54
Address 8982 SW Village Loop, Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (952) 994-4815
Email balakrishna_chintaginjala@yahoo.com
Website  
Occupation / Employer Software Engineer / Canadian Pacific Railways
Office Sought Mayor
Current Office Held None
First Year Elected / Appointed  
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices Environmental Commission (2016-2017)
Date Filed August 1, 2018
Name TJ Hart                                                                             
Age 21
Address 8670 Chanhassen Hills Dr. N., Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (952) 356-6285
Email tj.hart12@gmail.com
Website  
Occupation / Employer Student / University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Server / Summerwood of Chanhassen
Office Sought Mayor
Current Office Held  
First Year Elected / Appointed  
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices  
Date Filed August 6, 2018
Name Elise Ryan                                                                       
Age 44
Address 6587 Shadow Lane, Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (612) 703-0598
Email eliseryan2018@gmail.com
Website Coming soon
Occupation / Employer  
Office Sought Mayor
Current Office Held City Council
First Year Elected / Appointed 2014
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices Park & Recreation Commission (April 2009-2014)
Date Filed August 7, 2018
Name Julia Coleman                                                                 
Age 26
Address 434 Mission Hills Way E., Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (612) 232-9974
Email juliaforchanhassen@gmail.com
Website JuliaForChanhassen.com
Occupation / Employer Public Relations Manager / Medical Alley Association
Office Sought City Council
Current Office Held  
First Year Elected / Appointed  
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices  
Date Filed August 7, 2018
Name Dan Campion                                                                 
Age 41
Address 340 Trappers Pass, Chanhassen MN 55317
Phone Number (612) 865-9729
Email dlcampion@gmail.com
Website www.dancampion.com
Occupation / Employer Director of Business Development / Xcerra
Office Sought City Council
Current Office Held City Council
First Year Elected / Appointed 2014
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices Planning Commission (2014)
Park & Recreation Commission (2007-2009)
Date Filed August 7, 2018
Name Georgia Begin, Esq.                                                      
Age 49
Address 3880 Linden Circle, Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone Number  
Email georgia_14@yahoo.com
Website  
Occupation / Employer Regulatory Compliance / Prime Therapeutics
Office Sought City Council
Current Office Held  
First Year Elected / Appointed  
Previous Elected / Appointed Offices  
Date Filed August 10, 2018