The Herald reached out to candidates running in local and state races. Here is a roundup of candidate profiles and responses to questions.


City of Belle Plaine Mayor and City Council

Incumbents for all three of the city of Belle Plaine’s open mayor and council seats are running unopposed in the upcoming 2020 election. Cary Coop and  Patricia Krings for the council’s two open seats and Mayor Chris Meyer will run as the only candidate for the seat he currently occupies. Mayor and Council Q & A can be found here:

Belle Plaine School Board

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Belle Plaine School Board. Three newcomers are on this year’s ballot, Eric Johnson, Gary Ludwig, and Gary Steinhagen. In addition, three current members of the school board are running for reelection, Terry Kahle, Terry Morrison, and Tracy O’Brien. Belle Plaine School Board Q & A can be found here:


Scott County Commissioner District 1

Barb Weckman Brekke and Joe Wagner are facing off for the County Commissioner District 1 seat again. The Q & A can be found here:


House 18B Race

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen is seeking another term to the House 18B seat this November, and will be facing DFL challenger Heather Bakke on the ballot. Q & A can be found here:

Minnesota House District 20A

Erina Prom and Brian Pfarr are facing off for the Minnesota House District 20A seat. Q & A can be found here:

Minnesota Senate District 20

Incumbent Sen. Rich Draheim is on the ballot for the Republican party and is facing off against Democratic candidate Jon Olson. Q & A can be found here:

U.S. House of Representatives - 2nd Congressional District

Republican Tyler Kistner is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District election. Q & A can be found here:

United States Senate

Jason Lewis (R) and incumbent Senator Tina Smith (D) are facing off again. Q & A can be found here:

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