Candidate filing closes, setting up local races

Candidate filing closed Aug. 13 for the handful of local elections taking place in the north suburbs this fall.

All three school boards covered by the Roseville Review and Bulletin newspapers will elect new members this November.

The Mounds View Public School Board has four open seats for which three incumbents are running, along with two challengers.

Board chair Jonathan Weinhagen and member Sandra Westerman are seeking re-election, while Heidi Danielson, who was appointed to the board this summer, is running to retain her seat. Jim DeMay and Derek Whitcomb round out the field.

Current board member Bob Helgeson is not seeking re-election.

For the other two school boards, filing for candidacy may be all it takes to get a seat. Both the Roseville Area School Board and the New Brighton-St. Anthony School Board have three seats up this fall; for each race, three candidates are running.

Roseville incumbents Todd Anderson and Mike Boguszewski appear set for their second terms, while Rose Chu seems poised for her first.

Current Roseville board member Erin Azer is not seeking re-election.

There’s a bit more action on the New Brighton-St. Anthony side, if only with regard to the likely number of new board members. Cassandra Palmer is the sole incumbent running; she’ll be joined on the ballot by Ben Phillip and Lynne Penke Valdes.

Longtime board member Mike Volna is stepping away after more than two decades with the body. Andrea Scamehorn is also not seeking re-election.

 

City council races
It’s a two-way race for Falcon Heights mayor with challenger Dave Thomas taking on incumbent Mayor Randy Gustafson. Gustafson was appointed to the position this year after his predecessor, Peter Lindstrom, was appointed to the Metropolitan Council.

For the two open seats on the Falcon Heights City Council it’s a three-way race with no incumbents running. The candidates are Kay Andrews, Adam Sychla and Yakash Wehyee. Current council member Pam Harris, appointed to the council last year, is not running to hold her seat.

Beginning next year St. Anthony will have a new person in the mayor’s office for the first time in a long time — four-term Mayor Jerry Faust is not seeking re-election.

Council member Randy Stile, whose council term runs through 2021, is making a bid for mayor against Nancy Robinett. 

It’s a three-way race for two St. Anthony City Council seats, with incumbent Hal Gray seeking re-election, while council member Thomas Randle, who was appointed to his seat in 2017, is running to hold it. The two are being challenged by Bernard Walker.

There will be more elections coverage in upcoming editions of the paper.

Election Day is Nov. 5. Early voting at a number of sites in Ramsey County opens Oct. 29. For more information about voter registration and polling places, go to www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting.

— Mike Munzenrider

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