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Candidate filing period open for local governments

You have until 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 to file for a seat.

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WADENA — Those interested in a seat at the table in their local city, township or school district government can now file.

The filing period for cities and school districts without a primary election and for townships with November elections runs through 5 p.m. Aug. 16.

Open seats and those who've filed as of Tuesday, Aug. 9, in our readership include:

City

Wadena County
Wadena City Council - Two city council members (Bruce Uselman and Mark Lunde) and the mayor (George Deiss) are up for election.
So far, Dan Sartell has filed to run for city council.
Verndale City Council- Two city council members (Ardith Carr and Jim Runyan) and the mayor (Tara Erckenbrack) are up for election. No one filed yet.
Staples City Council- Three city council members (Thomas Toepper, Roy Miles and Ron Murray ) and the mayor (Chris Etzler) are up for election. No one filed yet.
Sebeka City Council- Two city council members (Justin Ahrendt and Joshua Connor) and the mayor (David Anderson) are up for election. David Anderson and Edmund Fennig have filed for mayor. Michael Grewing and Mitch Hanson have filed for council seats.
Menahga City Council- Two city council members and the mayor (Liz Olson) are up for election. So far incumbent Liz Olson and Karen Candelaria have filed for the mayor seat. Jody Bjornson, Art Huebner and Mike Netland have filed for the two council seats.
Aldrich City Council: A city council, mayor and treasurer seat are open. No one filed yet.

East Otter Tail County
Bluffton: Two city council members and the mayor are up for election. No one filed yet.

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Deer Creek: Two city council members and the mayor are up for election. No one filed yet.

New York Mills: Two city council members (Logyn Saewert and Josh Hoaby) and the mayor (Marsha Maki) are up for election. No one filed yet.
Ottertail: Two city council members and the mayor are up for election. No one filed yet.

Schools

  • Wadena/Deer Creek: Three school board members terms are up including Ryan Damlo, Melissa Seelhammer and Peter Hayes. So far, Julie Bushinger, Ryan Damlo and Melissa Seelhammer have filed.
  • Staples/Motley: Three school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
  • Verndale: Three school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
  • Sebeka: Four school board members terms are up. So far, Cheri Kangas, Kayla Frame and Nate Erickson have filed.
  • New York Mills: Three school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
  • Bertha-Hewitt: Four school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.

All candidates must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election, must be 21 years of age or older upon assuming office and must have maintained residence in their district for at least 30 days before the general election.

Those filing to run for school board must have not been convicted of an offense for which they are required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota Statute 243.166.

Candidates for mayor, council member and other elected city offices must file with the city clerk. Candidates for township clerk, township supervisor, township treasurer and other elected township offices must file with the township clerk. Candidates for school board member must file with the school district clerk.

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