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Local candidates for upcoming general election are set

By Austen Neaton
Staff Writer/Sports Writer
The candidates for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election are set after the candidacy filing period closed Aug. 16. All candidates in the upcoming election will be non-partisan.

City/Township

Bergen Township
Town Supervisor Seat B
• Harlan Mathews

Lester Prairie
Mayor
• Chris Mike
Council Member (elect two)
• Paul Dhoore
• Mark T. Thiry

Hollywood Township
Hollywood Township will see three positions voted on in the upcoming election. Incumbent Ronald Kassulker will face Jeff Neaton in the race for township supervisor seat B.
Incumbent Bruce Fillbrandt will run unopposed for township supervisor seat C. Incumbent Mary Fillbrandt will run unopposed for town treasurer.

Howard Lake
Howard Lake will see races for three positions as multiple candidates have filed for candidacy for both mayor and two open city council spots.
Incumbent Mayor Pete Zimmerman will face Mark Pederson in the race for the position.
The following will be running for the two open city council spots:
• Jason Deiter (incumbent)
• Al Munson (incumbent)
• Josh Dalbec

Mayer
Mayer will also be voting on the positions of mayor and two city council spots. Incumbent Mayor Mike Dodge will run unopposed for the role.
Current council members Nikki McNeilly and Peggy Wegner will see their terms expire at the end of the year and will not be running for re-election.
Derek Eley will run unopposed for one of the two at-large positions as there were not other applicants for candidacy.
The second council spot will be filled by the write-in candidate that receives the most votes during the election.

New Germany
New Germany may experience no changes to its local government with the upcoming election, as the three positions to be voted on are all expected to be filled by their incumbents.
Incumbent Mayor Steve Van Lith, as well as incumbent at-large City Council Members Kevin Grove and Tom Mielke, will all be running for their respective positions unopposed.

Watertown
Watertown will be voting on the positions of mayor as well as two city council positions in the upcoming election.
Incumbent Mayor Steve Washburn, as well as incumbent council member Lindsey Guetzkow, will see their terms expire at the end of the year and will not be running for re-election.
Current City Council Member Michael Walters, whose term also expires at the end of the year, will be running for mayor unopposed.
The following will be running for the open at-large city council positions:
• Wesley Christ
• Fred McGuire
• Kay Thul

Watertown Township
Watertown Township will be voting for two positions in the Nov. election. Kathy McCann will be running unopposed for township supervisor seat A.
The incumbent at the position, Seth Quiggle, will see his term expire at the end of the year and will not run again.
Incumbent Wayne Hubin will be running unopposed for town clerk.

Waverly
Waverly will see familiar names on its general election ballot as the three positions to be voted on will all see their incumbents run unopposed. Mayor Connie Holmes will run for re-election with no competition.
Incumbent City Council Members Ben Duske and Scott Jacobson will also be running alone for their respective positions.

Winsted
Winsted will see new faces in multiple positions after the general election. Incumbent Mayor George Schulenberg, as well as incumbent City Council Members Mike Henrich and Bonnie Quast, will see their terms expire at the end of the year and will not be running for re-election.
Current City Council Member Steve Stotko, whose term also expires at the end of the year, will be running unopposed for mayor.
The following will race for the two open city council spots:
• Jeff Albers
• Jessie Cafferty
• Steven Ebert

Winsted Township
Winsted Township will be voting on the roles of township supervisor seat 3 and town clerk in the upcoming general election.
Dustin Meredith will be the only candidate on the ballot for the role of township supervisor seat 3 after incumbent Jose Luciano failed to file for candidacy by the deadline.
Luciano will still be running as a write-in candidate.
Incumbent Shirley Carlson will run unopposed for town clerk.

School Districts

School district members will also be voting for new school board candidates in the upcoming general election with many current board members seeing their terms expire at the end of the year.

Lester Prairie ISD #424
Incumbent Lester Prairie School Board Members Mary Otto and Steve Ziermann will see their terms expire at the end of the year and will not be running for re-election.
Keith Christen is the sole candidate for the open positions and will run unopposed.
The second board spot will be filled by the write-in candidate with the most votes in the election.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687
HLWW will be voting on three school board positions in the upcoming election. Incumbent HLWW School Board Members Jeremy Peterson and John Scheuch will have their terms expire at the end of the year and will not be running for re-election.
The following will be running for the three open board positions:
• Katie Ann Koch (incumbent)
• Ben Borrell
• Shannah Mulvihill

Watertown-Mayer ISD #111
Watertown-Mayer will be voting on four school board positions. Three of these positions hold a four year term length, while the last holds a two year term.
Incumbent School Board Member Tim Thompson will see his term expire at the end of the year and will not be running again.
The following will be running for the three open four-year board spots:
• Hunter Feldt (incumbent)
• Erika Schulz (incumbent)
• Jeffrey Onell
• James Walz
Lisa Neaton will be running unopposed in a special election

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