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6 men apply to fill mayor vacancy in Brainerd

Six men have applied to become the new mayor of Brainerd.

Those who applied to fill the vacancy are Kevin Goedker, Chad McCoy, Ed Menk, Don Samuelson, Kevin Stumpf and Kevin Stunek.

Mayor James Wallin's sudden passing on Sept. 26 meant the city of Brainerd would have to adopt a process to fill the vacancy left by his death.

The Brainerd City Council will appoint a mayor to serve until the general election in November of 2016, when a mayor will be elected to serve the remaining two years of Wallin's four-year term.

Council President Gary Scheeler has been and will continue to serve as acting mayor until an appointment is made. Scheeler did not apply to fill the mayoral vacancy.

The regular election cycle for the mayor position will not be changed under this schedule.

The deadline to submit applications for the position was Nov. 6. Applicants were asked to include a brief resume and statement of interest, and will be interviewed by the council at a later date.

The rest of the timeline for the appointment process goes as follows:

• Schedule interviews for candidates for Nov. 30.

• Officially fill the appointment at the city council meeting on Dec. 7.

The requirements for the process are:

• All applicants must meet criteria of election eligibility.

• Application letter must be accompanied by resume.

• Each applicant will be interviewed by the full council.

• Any questions for candidates will be determined by the council.

Check the Dispatch next week for a story with more details on the background of each candidate.

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Spenser Bickett

Spenser Bickett covers the Brainerd City Council and education. A native of the Twin Cities, Bickett attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he majored in journalism with a minor in political science. After graduation, he worked for the International Falls Journal as a staff writer before coming to Brainerd.

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