Voters in the Harmony, Canton and Mabel communities will find familiar names on their ballots during the general election next Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Incumbents will dominate the ballots, but a few others will seek to claim a council or school board seat for the first time.
Candidate profiles for the contested races are featured inside this issue. The candidates provided a brief biography as well as answered questions on their views and priorities for their office.
Contested races include Mabel-Canton, where Dustin Tollefsrud is seeking one of the four seats on the school board, challenging current board members who also filed to retain their seats, Cristal Adkins, Chris Loppnow, Jeffrey Rein and Troy Soiney.
Current Canton City Council members Ross Duckett and Henry Selden will both be on the ballot seeking to retain their council seats, but will face competition by Jason Magnuson, Nicholas Prestby and Charlie Warner.
The ballot for Harmony City Council will have three candidates listed for the two seats now held by Jerry Shuck and Kyle Morem. Morem is seeking reelection after being appointed this past spring to fill the seat vacated by Jim Bakken, who moved out of the city. Joining Morem on the ballot are Jill Fishbaugher and Steve Sagen.
Current Mabel mayor Brian Street is hoping to continue on as Mabel’s mayor but will be joined on the ballot by former mayor James Westby.
At Fillmore Central, incumbents were the only ones to file for the four seats on the school board. Seeking to retain their current board positions are Craig Britton, Emily Ellis-Onsager, Sue Sikkink and Shelly Topness.
Seeking election to the Mabel City Council are incumbent Terry Torkelson and former mayor Melissa Folstad. Current council member Sue Amunrud did not re-file for her seat.
In Canton, Mayor Donivee Johnson is seeking reelection and is running unopposed.
In Harmony, no one filed for the mayoral seat, however, during a recent city council meeting, current mayor Steve Donney stated his intention to run a write-in campaign to retain his seat.