Three to vie for Dassel mayor
By Kristen Miller
Filings have closed for cities and school board and it looks as though the city of Dassel has the greatest contest in store for voters this coming November with three running for mayor and four running for council.
There are three seats open on the Dassel City Council including that of mayor, which is a 2-year term and currently served by Mike Scanlon.
The two 4-year council seats up for election are those served by Bob Lalone and Jack Adams.
Those who filed for mayor are Larry Oberg, Jeffrey Putnam, and Scanlon.
Those who have filed for council seats are Sharon Asplin, Jonathan Haapala, Sara Bollman Nelson, and Lalone and Adams.
Cokato City Council
There are three seats open on the Cokato City Council come January including that of mayor, which is a 2-year-term and now served by Gordy Erickson.
The two 4-year council seats up for election are those served by Forrest “Butch” Amundsen and Carl Harju.
All three of the incumbents filed.
Darwin City Council
There are three seats open on the Darwin City Council including that of mayor, which is a 2-year term and served by Josh Johnson.
The council seats that are up for election is that of former Council Member Diane Porth and that of current council member Tim Mathison.
Johnson was the only one to file for mayor; and those who filed for council seats are Sarah Kotila, Mark Gabrielson, and Jeremy Cates.
Kingston City Council
Kingston City Council also has three seats up for election this year. That of Mayor John Smith, a 2-year term, and the 4-year council seats currently served by Jim Herda and Doug Serbus.
Herda filed for mayor, and both Peter Axford and Van Zwettler filed for council.
Dassel-Cokato School Board
The seats open on the Dassel-Cokato School Board are 4-year terms and are currently served by Irene Bender, Mark Linder, and Tracy McConkey.
The three incumbents filed.
Kingston Township will also have elections this fall, rather than in March like many other townships. However, a question will also be asked for voters in the township-whether or not to move elections back to March. This would limit terms to three years, rather than six.
The clerk position, served by Gail Schiefelbein, is up, along with a supervisor position served by Ned Root.
Both Schiefelbein and Root filed.