Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 13, 2004

Five of six local mayors face opposition

By Lynda Jensen

Challenges for mayor against many veteran mayoral incumbents are set in five of six area towns, including Howard Lake, Winsted, Montrose, Waverly, and New Germany.

The exception is Lester Prairie, which has a reputation for write-in candidates, and features the incumbent Mayor Eric Angvall alone in the mayoral race.

In each town, two city council seats are up with four-year terms, and the mayor position is up, which is a two-year term except in Montrose, which has a four-year term for mayor.

Waverly features a husband and wife on the ballot, with Ken Hausladen Jr., who is a current council member, running against incumbent Mayor Charlie Bush, and Deb Hausladen, Ken’s wife, running for a council seat.

This caused Waverly Clerk Debbie Ryks to check with the League of Minnesota Cities for compliance, since there is a law that prohibits election judges, she said.

It checked out fine. “They’re both eligible,” Ryks said.

Mayors in all six towns re-filed, with Montrose featuring a three-way race for this position. Montrose Mayor Charlie Nelson will be running against challengers Alex Roeser and Albert Zakariasen.

Howard Lake

In Howard Lake, all three incumbents re-filed, including Mayor Gerry Smith and council members Rick Lammers and Tom Kutz.

Others who filed include Jan Gilmer for council, who has been vocal at recent council meetings, and Council Member Terry Ostgulen, who is running against Smith for mayor.

Lammers was appointed last winter to fill the remainder of former council member Don Danford’s term. Danford resigned due to health reasons.

Winsted

In Winsted, incumbents filed for all respective positions, including council members Bonnie Quast and Tom Ollig, with Steve Stotko running against Mayor Don Guggemos.

Waverly

In Waverly, incumbents re-filed along with several new faces.

Deb Hausladen will be running to claim a council spot, and Gary Olson re-filed for a council position.

Resident Rick Ragan filed for council, as well as longtime mayor Charlie Bush, who re-filed.

Montrose

Montrose features the most candidates, with incumbents filing for their positions along with an assortment of residents.

A three-way race is set for mayor, with Nelson running against Alex Roeser and Albert Zakariasen.

Council members Jeff Petersen and Dave Nordschow re-filed, along with residents Jeff Trout, Cindy Beaton, and Keith Roseen for council.

Lester Prairie

In Lester Prairie, two filed for office: Angvall for mayor, and Art Mallak for council.

Two council seats are up, with Michele Anderson and Ron Foust choosing not to run again.

New Germany

In New Germany, the mayoral race is between incumbent Franklin Schoenke and Paul Engelhart, who served formerly as mayor in the recent past.

For council, incumbent Shirley Jaeger re-filed for council, along with Susan Iverson Latzke and Thomas Mathison.

The other council position is vacant because Council Member Tom “Dude” Mielke decided against running again.


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