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Filings result in contested races for Cokato, DC School Board
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Aug. 18, 2014

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

Local filing closed Tuesday resulting in two contested races for the Dassel-Cokato area come November.

With three seats open on the Dassel-Cokato School Board – those currently served by Kevin Bjork, Richard Tormanen, and Rebecca Clemen – four have filed, including only one of the incumbents.

Those who will be on the November election ballot are Chuck Nelson, Dassel; Wayne Medcraft, Dassel; Bill Aho, Dassel; and Clemen, who re-filed. These are four-year terms.

There are four who have filed in Cokato, as well, for the mayor and two council seats up for election.

Current Mayor Gordy Erickson filed for another two-year term.

The two council seats up for election are those currently served by Jarod Sebring and Dennis Hendrickson.

Paul Boger has filed for council along with incumbents Hendrickson and Sebring. These are four-year terms.

City of Dassel

There are three seats up for election for the City of Dassel, including that of mayor.

Currently serving as mayor is Jeffrey Putnam. This is a two-year term. Putnam has re-filed.

The two council seats up for election are those currently served by Jason Benzing and Wayne Medcraft. Both are four-year terms.

Benzing has filed, along with former city clerk, Sherrie Bjork.

City of Darwin

There are three seats open for the City of Darwin, including the mayor and two council seats.

Josh Johnson is the current mayor, a two-year term, and he has re-filed.

The council seats of Lee Peterson and Mark Smith are also up for election. These are four-year terms. Both Peterson and Smith have re-filed.

City of Kingston

There are four seats up for election for the City of Kingston, including that of mayor.

Jim Herda is the current mayor, a two-year term. Herda re-filed.

The two council seats up for election are those of Jim Nielson and Junice Anderson. These are four-year terms, and both have re-filed.

The office of treasurer is also up for election and is a four-year-term currently served by Sandy Smith, who did not re-file.

Vanessa Simenson has filed for the office of treasurer.

The general election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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