Lots of candidates to battle in local school, city races
Filing closed Tuesday for school board and city council races, bringing a number of election contests to the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
Detroit Lakes School Board
Board members whose terms are up this fall include Tom Seaworth, LuAnn Porter and Deanna Sinclair, but only Seaworth, who lives on the 20000 block of Oakland Beach Road, filed for re-election.
The others who have filed are: Jeffrey Leichter, who lives on the 26000 block of 230th Street, Cyndi Anderson, who lives on the 12000 block of Timber Lane, Barbara Boyle, who lives on the 1000 block of Timber Drive, Mike Bommersbach, who lives on the 18000 block of Willow Springs Road, and Ladd Lyngaas, who lives on the 1800 block of Aspen Drive.
Three seats on the LP-A School Board are up for grabs in November, and two of the three incumbents -- Lori Bartunek of Audubon and Dale Binde of Lake Park -- have filed for re-election. Rick Olson of Lake Park did not file for re-election.
Others who filed are: Bryan Anderson of Lake Park, Daniel P. Hughes of rural Lake Park, George Kohn of Audubon, Monica LaPoint of Lake Park, Darrel Pederson of Lake Park and Carmen Walter of Audubon.
The top three vote-getters will win four-year terms on the seven-person school board. There is no salary, but per diem pay is $40 per committee meeting, $70 per regular board meeting and $100 for an all-day meeting or retreat.
Frazee-Vergas School Board members whose terms are expiring this year are LaRaye Anderson, Mike Hiemenz and Dana Laine, but only Laine -- of the 20000 block of County Road 117, Osage -- filed for re-election.
Challengers are: Carey Alger, of 400th Avenue, Frazee; Corey Baker, of West Ash Avenue, Frazee; Jason Bauer of the 12000 block of Rew Lane, Frazee; Brenda Como, of the 30000 block of Eagle Lake Drive, Frazee; Keith Janu of the 50000 block of 404th Avenue, Frazee; Steven Jepson of the 33000 block of Highway 34, Detroit Lakes; and Julie Slevin, of the 15000 block of County Road 39, Frazee.
Thomas Riggle, David Riggle and Karen Riggle, who share the same address on the 28000 block of County Road 35, Ponsford, have also filed.
There is no salary, but the board chairman is paid $300 a year, and per diem payments are $60 for a regular board meeting and $30 for a committee meeting.
In Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District, the terms of Allen Haugo, Tom Teiken and Jim Helliksen are all set to expire this fall. As of last week, Haugo was the lone candidate to file, according to Superintendent Mitch Anderson. He was not in Tuesday and a message left with the business manager was not returned.
City of Detroit Lakes
In Detroit Lakes, the terms of Mayor Larry Buboltz and aldermen Jim Anderson, Ron Zeman, James Hannon and Bruce Imholte will all expire at the end of this year.
Hannon filed and then withdrew his candidacy before the statutory deadline, so his name will not appear on the ballot.
Buboltz announced earlier that he will not seek re-election, and Alderman Matt Brenk has filed for the mayor's post. He will be opposed by both Bob Renney and Jim Vareberg.
In Ward 1, incumbent Zeman will be challenged in his bid for re-election by both Madalyn Sukke and John S. Watland.
Now that Hannon has withdrawn, Jamie Marks Erickson and Doug Friendshuh will vie for the Ward 2 alderman's position.
In Ward 3, Jim Anderson is the lone unopposed candidate seeking re-election.
Imholte also has some competition in seeking re-election to his alderman-at-large position. Both Beatrice Tessman and Dan Holzgrove have filed.
City Council members earn $400 a month and the mayor earns $587.50 per month. All are eligible for city health insurance. No per diems are paid for meetings.
City of Frazee
In Frazee, incumbent council member Donna Ouart filed for re-election, but the other person whose term on the council will expire this fall, Donald Trieglaff, did not.
Other candidates are Bobby Cates, Beth Somerville and David Lee Jopp.
The top two vote-getters will win four-year terms on the city council.
City of Vergas
In the Vergas City Council race, three candidates will vie for two seats. Incumbent Myles Fatland will face challengers Kevin Zitzow and Paul Pinke. Incumbent Bruce Sonnenberg did not file for re-election. The seats carry a four-year term.
In the mayor's race, incumbent Dean Haarstick will face challenger Tracey Buhl for a two-year term.
City of Audubon
In Audubon, council member Jeff Quam filed for re-election, but another council incumbent, John Ronning, did not. Robert "B.J." Goodrich has filed for council.
In the mayor's race, challenger David Rodewald will face incumbent Terry Johnson.
The council seats are four-year terms, the mayor serves a two-year term.
City of Lake Park
In Lake Park, two incumbent council members -- Jason Abbott and Jason Crabtree -- will run unopposed for new four-year terms.
Former mayor Keith Zachariason has filed for the mayor's position. He will run unopposed, since incumbent Mayor Dan Larson did not file for re-election. The seat carries a two-year term.
City of Callaway
Callaway City Council positions held by Emily Annette and Ken Blattenbauer, as well as the mayor's position held by Gretchen Stalboerger, are set to expire this fall. All three incumbents filed for re-election, as did two challengers for city council -- Ginny Warren and Dale Boyer.
The council race is for four-years terms, the mayor will run unopposed and serve a two-year term.
City of Ogema
In Ogema, incumbent Mayor Eugene Clark Jr. and incumbent council member LaVerne Hoban have both filed for re-election. They will run unopposed for four-year terms. City Clerk Mary Vasecka did not file for-re-election, but said in the past few elections she has been re-elected by write-in vote.
City of Waubun
In Waubun, there are two open City Council seats and the mayor's position. Incumbent Mayor William Eck is running unopposed for a four-year term and Andrew Berg has filed for city council.
Two incumbents on the council are not running for re-election -- Milo Winter and Eugene Moore.