Having had time to announce their intentions to seek elected offices, candidates have formalized their plans to run for city, county and state offices.
The filing period closed yesterday, June 5, after the Herald went to press. A final report will be on the Herald’s Web site today.
Mayor Chris Meyer filed for re-election. Four people have filed for two city council seats. They are Councilor Paul Chard, Richard Effertz, Renee Lemieux, and former Mayor Mike Pingalore.
Sheriff Luke Hennen is challenged in his first election bid by Shakopee police officer Jason Arras, Scott County Deputy Duane Jirik, and Joe Theis.
Ron Hocevar was unchallenged in a re-election bid as county attorney.
Mike Beard of Shakopee is seeking re-election to the county board representing most of Shakopee. Former Commissioner Joe Wagner of Sand Creek Township is challenging Beard. He plans to move to Shakopee in time for the mandated 30-day deadline before the general election.
Commissioner Jon Ulrich of Savage is unchallenged in his re-election bid.
Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud is running for the sheriff’s job in the wake of Jim Olson’s announced retirement. Jessica Heger is also running for the post. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz is unchallenged in his re-election bid.
On the county board, Tim Lynch of Hollywood Township is seeking re-election to a district covering the western portion of the county. Justin Dietrick of Watertown, Jeremy Langanki of Mayer, Frank Long of Waconia, and Bruce Schwichtenberg of Victoria are also running for county board. Tom Workman of Chanhassen is unchallenged in his re-election bid to the county board.
First District Commissioner Bobbie Harder of Henderson Township has signed up for re-election. She is challenged by former Commissioner Jim Nytes of Henderson Township.
The district includes Henderson and the eastern townships, including Faxon, Jessenland, Henderson, and Washington Lake.
Commissioner Joy Cohrs of New Auburn is unchallenged in her bid for re-election to represent the county’s fourth district, an area covering northern and northwestern sections of Sibley County.
In the fifth district, Commissioner Gary Kruggel of Winthrop signed papers formalizing plans to seek re-election. Pete Schuckert and Steven Saxton, both of Winthrop, are challenging him.
Sheriff’s deputy Pat Nienaber filed for the sheriff’s position since Sheriff Bruce Ponath has announced his retirement.
Merilee Peterson has filed for re-election as the county’s auditor-treasurer.
Le Sueur County
Sheriff Brett Mason has filed to retain his job. Keith Roseboom is challenging Mason.
In the second commissioner district, Brad Collins of Le Center, Maureen Franek of Montgomery, Dennis Lambrecht of Montgomery, and Joe Schloesser of Le Center filed for the election. Fourth District Commissioner Lance Wetzel of Le Center and Steve Rohlfing are both unchallenged in their re-election bids.
Pam Simonette is seeking re-election as the county’s auditor/treasurer. Bob Emmers is challenging her. Sharon Budin is running for the county recorder post.
House of Representatives
In District 20A, Rep. Bob Vogel, R-Elko New Market, is challenged by DFLer Barbara Dröher Kline of rural New Prague. The district includes southern Scott County and western Le Sueur County.
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, is challenged by DFLer Ashley Latzke of Gaylord in District 18B, an area that includes most of Sibley County.
In House District 47A, DFLer Madalyn Gerold of Chaska is challenging Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia. The district includes much of Carver County.