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Filing for Detroit Lakes council is Aug. 28

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Now may be the time to start thinking about running for Detroit Lakes City Council.

This November, there will be several seats on the council up for election. They are Ward 1, Leonard Heltemes; Ward 2, Dave Aune; Ward 3, GL Tucker, and two at large spots, Matt Brenk and Walt Tollefson.

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Filing for the elections begins Aug. 28 and closes Sept. 12. There are no primary elections for city council. Election day is Nov. 7 this year.

Each position is a four-year term, and there is no limit on the number of years someone can serve on the city council.

Brenk, who also serves as vice mayor, was first elected in 1990. He said he will likely run for another term this fall.

"I think I'm going to, but I haven't decided 100 percent," he said.

After this many years on the council, there are benefits to knowing the ins and outs of city workings.

"I want to keep serving the community," he said. "You learn different aspects of the city and become more efficient."

Aune, who has served since 1994, plans to run again this fall as well.

"With my daily schedule, I come in contact with many, many people and get a feel for what the community thinks," he said.

Like Brenk, Aune added that 12 years of experience is a positive.

Tucker is running again after only two years in office. Former Alderman Gene Berg pass away before his term was up. A committee then formed to appoint Jon Riewer to Berg's vacant position. In the bylaws of the city, someone appointed mid-term must run in the next general election. Riewer decided not to run.

Tucker ran in the election and was elected to the third ward. Since Alderman Jim Anderson was also re-elected to the third ward two years ago, Tucker's seat needed to be opposite of Anderson's. Now he's up for re-election.

"My plan, at this point, is to seek re-election," Tucker said.

Tollefson, who was elected four years ago, said he plans on seeking re-election as well.

"First and foremost, the city is in a good period of time in we're experiencing growth," he said.

He added that all aspects of the city and staff are running well and everything is thriving.

"I don't see any huge problems we're facing. It's good to be a part of it."

Aldermen Heltemes was out of town and couldn't be reached for comment on his re-election plans.

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