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State, local election ballots set in Washington County

  • Article by: Jim Anderson
  • Star Tribune
  • August 16, 2014 - 2:00 PM

With the closing of candidate filings last week, election ballots are set for local and state general elections on Nov. 4.

In Washington County, two incumbent county commissioners, Autumn Lehrke and Ted Bearth, have each drawn opponents in their bids for re-election. The other three County Board seats are not in contention this year.

Lehrke has represented District 4 since 2010. The district encompasses the southern portion of the county including Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island and Denmark townships. She is being challenged by former state Rep. Karla Bigham.

Bearth was elected in 2012 to represent District 2, which lies along the county’s western edge, including Oakdale, parts of Woodbury, Landfall, Pine Springs, Willernie and part of Mahtomedi. He faces a challenge from Jeremy Olson of Woodbury.

County Sheriff Bill Hutton and County Attorney Pete Orput are running unopposed for re-election. Hutton has been sheriff since 2006, and Orput is seeking his second term.

More details about the candidates in state and local elections, and the issues, will be forthcoming as the election nears — including in the Star Tribune Voters Guide, which will be published a week or so before Election Day.

Here is how the ballots look where there are contested elections:

Cities/Townships

Afton: Three of the five City Council seats are in contention. Mayor Richard Bend, appointed late last year after Patricia Snyder abruptly resigned, is being challenged by Bill Whalen. Incumbent Peg Nolz is being challenged by Stan Ross in Ward 3, and incumbent Joe Richter in Ward 2 is unopposed.

Bayport: Mayor Susan St. Ores is running unopposed. Three candidates have filed for two City Council seats: Incumbents Michele Hanson and Patrick McGann, and Brian Delisle.

Cottage Grove: Five candidates are vying for two City Council seats. They are incumbents Derrick Lehrke and Dave Thiede and challengers Steve Dennis, Matt Erickson and Tasha Steinmetz.

Denmark Township: Three of the Township Board’s five seats are up for election, but only one race is contested. Incumbent Kathy Higgins faces a challenge from Steve Kramer.

Forest Lake: The city will have a new mayor after incumbent Chris Johnson did not file for re-election. Former Mayor Stev Stegner and Brian David Hile are running for his seat. Incumbents Michael Freer and Susan Young are running again for their four-year, at-large City Council seats, challenged by Ed Eigner. There is also a two-year seat in contention. Molly Bonnett, appointed late last year, is not running. Michael Kuehn and Richard Weber are seeking that seat.

Grant: Five candidates are competing for two seats on the City Council: Incumbent David Tronrud and challengers Gary Baumann, Bruce Behymer, Larry Lanoux and Loren Sederstrom. Incumbent Steve Bohnen, the target of protracted legal action involving campaign signs in 2010, is not seeking re-election.

Lake Elmo: Four candidates are running for two City Council seats: Incumbents Wally Nelson and Michael Reeves are being challenged by Julie Fliflet and Jill Lundgren.

Lakeland: Mayor Bob Livingston did not file for re-election, and two City Council members, Asia Bednar and Amy Williams, are running for his seat. In the race for two other City Council seats, incumbents Richard Glasgow and Joe Paiement face challenges from Peter Decorsey and William Francel.

Lakeland Shores: Randy Kopesky did not file for re-election — but neither did anyone else. That opens the race up to a write-in campaign. Kopesky instead has filed to run for one of the two at-large City Council seats, along with incumbent Cary Ann Schroeder and challenger John Bischoff.

Lake St. Croix Beach: Mayor Tom McCarthy is being challenged by City Council Member Jim Unker. Incumbents Mildred J. Brown and Cindie J. Reiter face a challenge from Reneé Godbout and Michelle Kline.

Landfall: Three City Council seats are in contention. Incumbents Sarah “Sally” Eral, Lori Lengsfeld and Ronald J. Sanoski Sr. face off against Matthew R. Blaylock, Don Dunn, Lynette Elsola, Greg “Flash” Feldbrugge, Mary Mars, Carol Jean McMonigal and Donald Swiger.

Marine on St. Croix: Mayor Glenn T. Mills is being challenged by Mihcal A. MacIntoisch. For two City Council seats, incumbents Chris Mowery and Dan Willenbring face Bill Miller and Gwen Roden.

Newport: Three candidates are running for two City Council seats, incumbent Tracy Rahm and challengers Paul Hansen and Dan Lund. Steven Gallagher did not file for re-election.

Oakdale: Mayor Carmen Sarrack did not file for re-election. City Council Members Stan Karwoski and Paul Reinke, along with Marty Jurgensen are running for his seat. Six candidates are vying for two City Council seats: incumbent Lori Pulkrabek and Kristen Cici, Mark S Landis, Jon Mast Jr., Bill N. Rasmussen and Peter Wetzels.

Oak Park Heights: Three candidates are seeking two City Council seats: Incumbents Michael (Mike) Liljegren and Mark R. Swenson are being challenged by David A. Beaudet.

Scandia: Two City Council members, Dan Lee and Sally J. Swanson, are challenging Mayor Randall F. Simonson. Six candidates are seeking two City Council seats: Incumbent Jim Schneider and Darrin Gould, Bob Hegland, Dustin Hegland, Robert Pilz and Michael White.

Stillwater: A current City Council member, Ted Kozlowski, and a former City Council member, John Rheinberger, are running to replace Mayor Ken Harycki, who is not seeking re-election. Mike Polehna and Doug Menikheim, also filed for re-election to their current positions. Menikheim has an opponent, Ryan Collins.

Stillwater Township: One Township Board seat is contested. Incumbent David W. Johnson will face Ben Prchal. Lee Busse is running for the seat being vacated by Jim Hiniker.

Woodbury: Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens is running unopposed. Two incumbent City Council members, Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs, are being challenged by Bill Braun and Emmanuel Obikwelu.

School Districts

Forest Lake: Four candidates filed for the three school board seats up for election. Incumbent Karen Morehead will seek another term. Also running are Luke Odegaard, Jill Olson and Jerry Wellman.

Mahtomedi: Voters will elect four of six board members, but only one seat is in contention. That is the two-year seat now held by Lucy Payne, who is being challenged by Julio Fesser. Three candidates filed for three four-year seats. They are incumbents Kevin Donovan and Julie McGraw, and Mike Chevalier.

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale: Five candidates, including incumbents Amy Coborn and Michelle Yener, have filed for three at-large seats up for election. Also competing are Caleb Anderson, Bennie Bennett and Danny Porter.

Stillwater: Four seats are up for grabs, with eight candidates on the ballot. Two are incumbents: George Hoeppner and Tom Lehmann. The other candidates are Fred Anderson, Donald Hovlund, Paul “Woody” Leindecker, Paula O’Loughlin, Shelley Pearson and Aly Xiong.

State Legislature

There are no state Senate seats in contention this year, but voters will be electing new legislators to the House of Representatives.

38A: Includes an area from south of Hugo to south of Forest Lake. Incumbent Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, faces Jim Davern, a DFLer from Circle Pines.

38B: Includes the city of Dellwood and extends south and west of Hugo. Incumbent Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, faces Greg M. Pariseau, a White Bear Lake DFLer.

39A: Includes Forest Lake, Scandia, Marine on St. Croix, May Township and part of Stillwater. Incumbent Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, will run against DFLer Tim Stender of Forest Lake.

39B: Includes Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Bayport, West Lakeland Township, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach and St. Marys Point. Incumbent Kathy Lohmer, R-Stillwater, will face Lake Elmo DFLer Tom DeGree.

43A: Includes Mahtomedi, Willernie and the area east of White Bear Lake. Incumbent Peter Fischer, DFL-Maplewood, is challenged by Stacey Stout, a Mahtomedi Republican.

43B: Includes Oakdale and parts of North St. Paul and Maplewood. Incumbent Leon Lillie, DFL-North St. Paul, squares off against Oakdale Republican Justice B. Whitethorn.

53A: Includes the western portion of Woodbury, part of Oakdale and Landfall. Incumbent JoAnn Ward, DFL-Woodbury, is challenged by Lukas Czech, a Woodbury Republican.

53B: Includes the eastern and southern portions of Woodbury. The incumbent, Andrea Kieffer, R-Woodbury, is not running again. The candidates are Republican Kelly Fenton of Woodbury, and DFLer Kay Hendrikson, also of Woodbury.

54A: Includes Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island Township. Incumbent Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, will face Matthew Kowalski of Cottage Grove.

54B: Includes Afton, Denmark Township and a portion of Cottage Grove. Incumbent Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, is challenged by Hastings DFLer Donald Slaten.

Staff Writer Anthony Lonetree contributed to this report.

Jim Anderson • 651-925-5039

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