by April Scheinoha
Residents have put their hats in the ring for county and state elective office. The primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 14. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. The following candidates have filed as noted on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
The seats of state representative for Districts 1A and 1B will be on the ballot this fall. Incumbent Dan Fabian (R-Roseau) and Steve Moeller (DFL-Thief River Falls) have filed for the District 1A seat. Incumbent Deb Kiel (R-Crookston) and Brent Lindstrom (DFL-East Grand Forks) have filed for the District 1B seat.
Two county commissioner seats, Districts 3 and 5, will be on the ballot in Kittson County. James H. Johnson and Loren Younggren have filed for the District 3 seat. Alex J. Gustafson, George Hanson and Darrel Johnson have filed for the District 5 seat.
Steve Porter, who is serving as sheriff, has filed for that position as has Mark Wilwant. Robert Albrecht filed for county attorney. Andrew Muir has filed for the District 3 soil and water supervisor seat. Samuel R. Anderson has filed for the District 4 soil and water supervisor seat.
Two county commissioner seats, Districts 1 and 5, will be on the ballot this fall in Marshall County. Dave Conely and Jim Duckstad have filed for the District 1 seat. Incumbent Gary Kiesow faces no opposition for the District 5 seat.
Six other candidates face no opposition. They include Sheriff Jason Boman, County Attorney Donald Aandal, Auditor/Treasurer Scott Peters, and soil and water supervisor candidates Duane Potucek (incumbent, District 3), Wallace Bengtson (incumbent, District 4) and Bradley Berg (incumbent, District 5).
Two county commissioner seats, Districts 3 and 4, will be on the ballot in Pennington County. Incumbent Neil Peterson will face opposition from David A. Bach for the District 3 position. Incumbent Darryl Tveitbakk faces no opposition for the District 4 seat.
Six other candidates face no opposition – Sheriff Ray Kuznia; County Attorney Seamus Duffy, who was appointed earlier this year; Auditor/Treasurer Kenneth “Terry” Olson; Recorder Julie Hansen; and soil and water supervisor candidates Ricky A. Peterson (incumbent, District 2) and Brenda Szymanski (incumbent, District 3).
Two county commissioner seats, Districts 2 and 4, will be on the ballot in Polk County. Incumbent Warren Strandell faces no opposition for the District 2 seat. Dennis R. Boucher and incumbent Joan Lee have filed for the District 4 seat.
The position of sheriff is also on the ballot. Randy Sondrol and Jim Tadman have filed for that position. County Attorney Greg Widseth filed for reelection.
Five soil and water supervisor positions will be on the ballot. Incumbent Kenneth Pederson filed for the District 1 (East) seat. Incumbent Mark McWalter filed for the District 1 (West) seat. No one filed for the District 2 (East) seat. Johnathan Sorenson filed for the District 3 (West) seat, and Chris Cournia filed for the District 5 (West) seat. The latter seat is on the ballot as part of a special election.
Red Lake County
Three county commissioner seats, District 1, 3 and 4, will be on the ballot in Red Lake County. None of the candidates face opposition. They include Incumbent Anthony “Chuck” Flage (District 1), Delane “Jim” Dudycha (District 3) and Allen R. Remick (District 4).
Sheriff Mitch Bernstein, County Attorney Michael LaCoursiere, Auditor Robert Schmitz, Recorder Joyce Paquin and Treasurer Nick Knott also face no opposition for their positions. No one filed for the District 1 soil and water supervisor position. David Miller faces no opposition for the District 2 soil and water supervisor position.
Three county commissioner seats, Districts 1, 3 and 5, will be on the ballot in Roseau County. Trish Harren, John Horner and incumbent Glenda Phillipe have filed for the District 1 seat. Incumbent Roger Falk and Brent Walsh have filed for District 3. Larry Emery, Jerry Peters and Daryl Wicklund have filed for District 5.
Sheriff Steve Gust faces no opposition for his seat. Incumbent Karen Foss and Kristy Kjos have filed for county attorney. County Auditor Martha Monsrud, County Recorder Pamela Grand and County Treasurer Diane Gregerson all face no opposition in their respective reelection bids.
The Districts 3 and 4 soil and water supervisor seats will also be on the ballot. Incumbent John Gaukerud filed for District 3, and no one filed for District 4.
Incumbent Amy Klobuchar (DFL) has filed for U.S. senator. Other candidates for that Senate seat include DFL candidates Steve Carlson, Stephen A. Emery, David Robert Groves and Leonard J. Richards, and Republican candidates Merrill Anderson, Rae Hart Anderson, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Jim Newberger.
Tina Smith (DFL) who has been serving as a U.S. senator since Al Franken’s resignation, has filed for that seat. Other candidates include DFLers Ali Chehem Ali, Gregg A. Iverson, Nick Leonard, Richard W. Painter and Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr.; and Republicans Bob Anderson, Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey and Karin Housley.
Incumbent Collin Peterson (DFL) will face opposition to represent District 7 as a U.S. representative. Other candidates include Republicans Dave Hughes and Matt Prosch.
Governor and lieutenant governor
The following people have filed for governor and lieutenant governor. The Republican candidates include Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom; Matthew Kruse and Theresa Loeffler; and Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach. The DFL candidates include Tim Holden and James P. Mellin II; Erin Murphy and Erin Maye-Quade; Ole Savior and Chris Edman; Lori Swanson and Rick Nolan; and Tim Walz and Penny Flanagan.
School and city offices
The filing period for school and city offices spans from Tuesday, July 31 to Tuesday, Aug. 14.