Candidate lineups are set for Washington County municipal elections [Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.]
(Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 18--Scores of candidates have filed to run in the Nov. 2 municipal elections in Washington County. The filing period ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Pioneer Press attempted to reach all candidates, but some did not return phone messages and some did not file until late Tuesday. More information on these candidates and any others will be available in stories before the election.
Afton / In Afton, the incumbent mayor is running for re-election, as is an incumbent city council member.
Mayor Pat Snyder, 54, is self-employed as a manufacturer's representative. She was first elected mayor in 2008 and previously served on the city council and planning commission.
Candidates for the Ward 2 council seat include incumbent Joe Richter and challenger Kuchen Meyer.
Incumbent Peg Nolz and Donald Holzmer are running for the Ward 3 seat.
Bayport / There will be a sea change on the Bayport City Council next year.
Mayor Jon Nowaczek, council member Dan Johnson and council member Torry Kraftson have all decided not to run for re-election.
Among the mayoral candidates is city council member Judy Seeberger, a lawyer, and Susan St. Ores, 48, a marketing director for the software company SAP.
Among the candidates running for city council are Joe Ritzer, 54, a field supervisor for Integra Telecom; Aaron Prichard, 31, the manager of the American Legion in Bayport and a member of the Minnesota National Guard; Michele Hanson, 43, a marketing researcher for Stillwater-based
Readex Research; Judy Johnson, 42, who does tuition billing for Stillwater schools; Mark Ostertag, 28, an electrician; and Don Hoye.
Birchwood Village / In the lakeside community of Birchwood Village, the mayor's seat, now held by Mary Wingfield, is up for election and sought by a former city council member. Two council seats also are up for grabs, with two candidates in the race.
Mayoral candidate Alan Mitchell, 65, was appointed to the council in 2000 and elected in 2002, serving a total of six years. He is an attorney.
Council candidate Mark Peterson, 57, is the executive director of Audubon Minnesota. This is his first run for office. Tony Sampair is also running for council.
Cottage Grove / In Cottage Grove, four candidates are vying for two city council seats: Tanweer Janjua, 46, an unemployed architect; Derrick Lehrke, 31, co-owner of the financial consulting company RightWay LLC; Pat Rice, 50, an incumbent and a circulation district supervisor for the Pioneer Press; and Dave Thiede, 54, a solution developer for IT Solution Development.
Forest Lake / Forest Lake Mayor Stev Stegner is not running for re-election, and his seat has several contenders. There are also a handful of candidates for two city council openings.
Council member Jackie McNamara, 58, who was elected about two years ago, is vying for the mayor's seat, along with Kevin Grinnell and Chris Johnson.
City council candidates include incumbents Bo Bogotty and Susan Young, Bruce Anderson, Ed Eigner, Michael Freer, Michael Kuehn and Chris Soderlind. Also in the running is Jeff Klein, 39, senior operations manager for the Xcel Energy Center.
Grant / Two incumbent council members are fighting to keep their seats in Grant. Among the challengers against Scott Fogelson and Brad Hinseth are Steve Bohnen, 45, who co-owns Sparkle Auto Sales, a family business, and Robert Tufty. Hinseth, 61, is self-employed doing special event production. He was first elected in 2006.
Hugo / In Hugo, the longtime mayor is facing challengers, and two city council members are running for re-election.
Fran Miron was first elected to the city council in 1990, became mayor in 1995 and has been mayor for all but two years since. Miron, 56, is a dairy and crop farmer. His challengers include Russell Semo and Edward Carter.
The secretary of state's website showed no challengers for incumbent council members Becky Petryk, who did not return a call for comment, and Chuck Haas, 63, a retired financial planner who was first elected in 1998 (and hasn't had an opponent since).
Lake Elmo / In Lake Elmo, four candidates have signed up for two positions: Steve DeLapp, 64, who is retired and an incumbent since 1994; incumbent Nicole Park, 37, who was elected in 2008; Mike Pearson, 45, president and CEO of Performance Pool & Spa; and Jennifer Pelletier, 39.
Lakeland / In Lakeland, incumbent Mayor Brian Zeller will face off with James Space to keep his seat.
For two open city council seats, incumbent council member Richard Glasgow, 65, is running for his second term, and Joe Paiement has filed to run.
Landfall / It's a crowded field of candidates for three openings on the Landfall City Council.
Incumbents Ronald Sanoski, Terry Kilby and Sarah "Sally" Eral are all seeking re-election. Sanoski, 59, is the retired manager of the Grand & Smith Mobil in St. Paul. He's now serving his fifth term. Kilby, 61, works for Allina Health Systems and has served on the council for 12 years. Eral is retired from 3M/Imation and was appointed to the council earlier this year to fill a vacancy.
Challengers include Bruce Biddlecome, 35, a chemical health specialist; John Bailey, 47, a taxi cab driver; Don Dunn, 55, a master plumber; Scott Triemert; and Joanne Menz.
Marine On St. Croix / Marine on St. Croix Mayor Glen Mills is hoping to hang onto his seat, and as of Tuesday evening had no challengers, according to the secretary of state's website. Mills, an electronics technician for the Minnesota Senate, was first elected mayor 10 years ago.
Incumbent council member Michael Lammi is running for one of two open seats, alongside political newcomer Christopher Mowery, 41, a paraprofessional for the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district.
Oak Park Heights / Council member Les Abrahamson, 42, is running for re-election. He has been on the city council for eight years and works in management at State Farm Insurance.
Council member Mark Swenson, 46, also is running for re-election. Swenson is a value stream supervisor at Andersen Corp. in Bayport and has been on the council for 16 years.
Newport / Newport voters will pick two city council members from among seven candidates. The candidates are Ernie Berget, 43, a truck driver and former Planning Commission member; Steven Gallagher, 35, director of the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood organization in Minneapolis; Corb Hopkins, 70, a part-time worker for the U.S. post office and an incumbent since 2008; Anthony Mahmood, 41, owner of the deli and catering business Aesop's Table; Katy McElwee-Stevens, 48, a part-time paraprofessional in a program for high-need children; Tracy Rahm, 48, chairman of the Newport Planning Commission and senior program manager for the Harris Corp.; and Tom Stettner, 54, who owns a lawn-service company.
Oakdale / In the Oakdale mayor's race, incumbent Carmen Sarrack, a 63-year-old insurance agent for American Family Insurance, faces three challengers. They are Ken Heuer, 62, a retired Northwest Airlines worker; Marty Jurgensen, 41, city planner for Woodbury; and Dave Rubbelke, 48, who works for Marathon Oil Refinery in St. Paul Park.
Five people are vying for two spots on the city council. Incumbents Kent Dotas and Lori Pulkrabek are running for re-election. Dotas, 45, is a financial adviser for Edward Jones Investments, and Pulkrabek, 38, is the marketing and development supervisor for North Suburban Access Corp.
Their challengers are Dave Rubbelke's brother, daughter and son.
They are Rick Rubbelke, 50, a machine operator and owner of R Photos and Custom Framing; Sara Rubbelke, 21, a waitress; and Kyle Goodson, 24, a self-employed IT technician.
Scandia / Dennis Seefeldt recently announced that after 14 years on the Scandia Town Board and City Council, he would not seek re-election. Seefeldt, 74, was Scandia's first mayor, elected in 2006, and before that served on the town board for 10 years -- nine as chairman.
Among those seeking his seat are Mike Harnetty, 65, retired vice president of chemical operations at 3M, and Randall Simonson, 48, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is a caretaker and tour guide at Gammelgarden Museum in Scandia.
Former longtime Scandia town clerk Dolores Peterson, who was elected to the city council in 2006, also has decided not to run for re-election.
Vying for the two seats on the Scandia City Council are incumbent Pete Crum, 43, a sergeant for the St. Paul Police Department who has been on the council since 2006; Tom Krinke, 69, who works at Metro Sales in Richfield and teaches quality management and statistic process control; James Schneider, 53, a building official for Chisago County; and Sally Swanson, 47, a senior paralegal at Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan law firm in Minneapolis.
St. Mary's Point / In St. Mary's Point, former council member Jay Roettger is seeking to be elected mayor -- a post now held by Gary Williams. Roettger, 48, is a self-employed contractor.
For two open council seats, incumbent Nancy Jacobson, a retired schoolteacher, is running for her third term, and is joined by Timothy Williams.
Woodbury / The slate of candidates in Woodbury is jammed -- with six candidates for mayor and 16 for city council.
Part of the reason could be a feeling of a need to fill a vacuum -- left by Mayor Bill Hargis, who is retiring after serving 17 years.
The mayoral candidates, listed alphabetically, are: Rachel Homuth, 36, a business consultant with the Hartford insurance company; Nicholas Kiecker, 21; Eddie Marcus, 60, unemployed; William Owens, 57, an insurance agent; Earl Reinhardt, 82, retired; and Mary Giuliani Stephens, 55, an attorney and city council member since 2004.
Running for the two council positions are: Ross Altendorfer, 29, a student at Globe University and salesman at Northern Tool + Equipment; Christopher Burns, 38, an attorney; David Dobson Jr., 64, retired; Jane Green, 56, a part-time paper-grader for students in public schools; Alice Gruber, 44, a tax preparer; Jeremy Jenkins, 34; Robert Mehling, 27, a graphic designer; Julie Ohs, 48, a real estate agent and incumbent since 2007; Nicholas Ortiz, 35, a video editor; Steven Peterson, 62, retired; Don Place, 60; Jon Rusten, 67, manager of the Financial Advice Center for Thrivent Financial; Jennifer Santini, 29, an attorney; Jennifer Sutch, 36, unemployed; Mark Wackerfuss, 48, a health counselor; and Daryl Wahl, 67, a part-time travel consultant.
Megan Boldt, Mary Divine and Bob Shaw contributed to this report.
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