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Filings for elections to open; Hammond seeking re-election

By Staff | Aug 23, 2008

Members of city councils and school boards will be elected when Faribault County voters go to the polls in November.

Mayors in the county’s three largest cities are up for election this year as filing opens Tuesday for city council seats.

Blue Earth Mayor Rob Hammond says it’s “a safe bet” he’ll seek re-election.

“We have a new city administrator and our EDA director is gone. I think it’s a matter of providing a certain degree of continuity,” Hammond explains on his decision to run again.

If elected, he adds, this will be his last term.

Winnebago Mayor Randy Nowak and Wells Mayor David Jacobson will vie for two-year seats if they choose to run again.

Three council seats, all for four years, are up for election in Blue Earth.

Incumbents John Huisman, Ward 1; Glenn Gaylord, Ward 2; and Richard Scholtes, Ward 3 are up for re-election.

In Winnebago, two of the three council seats are four-year terms.

Maryann McClain, a 16-year veteran on the council, has indicated she will not run to serve another four years.

The seat held by councilman Rick Johnson is for four years, while Paul Loomis’ is a two-year term. All positions are elected at-large.

Voters in Wells will go to the polls Nov. 4 to elect two councilmembers to four-year terms. Up for re-election are Scott Linde and Stephen Burns.

The filing period will run through 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and there is a $2 fee to be a candidate.

Board elections also are slated for Blue Earth Area and United South Central school districts.

In BEA, chairman Frankie Bly, boardmembers Dawn Fellows and Elizabeth Wohlenhaus-Johanson are up for re-election. All seats are for four years.

USC’s board chair Christie Wetzel, boardmembers Ron Korn and Nancy Ulrich must decide if they’ll seek another four-year term. Incum-bent Julie Stevermer’s two-year seat also is up for election.

Anyone interested in running for school board must file by 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the district offices and pay a $2 fee.