Brainerd seeks new council member; commission seats also available

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Brainerd City Hall on April 8, 2020. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

A city council seat in Brainerd’s Ward 3 is vacant, and the city is now taking applicants.

Dave Badeaux vacated the seat Monday, April 6, when he was appointed mayor after the resignation of Ed Menk.

Candidates will be interviewed during a special city council meeting at 6 p.m. April 27, and the council will choose a replacement. The person appointed will fill in for the rest of the year, and the seat will be up for election this November for a four-year term.

Applicants must be a resident of Ward 3, an eligible voter at least 21 years old and not currently serving on any other publicly elected bodies. Ward 3 covers northeast Brainerd. A ward map is available at and is attached to applications.


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Brainerd's Ward 3 covers the northeastern portion of the city. Photo courtesy city of Brainerd.

Applications are available on the city’s website at , or a request for an application can be sent to . Applicants should include a resume with a history of work, public service, community involvement and other relevant accomplishments. Applications should be emailed to by 4:30 p.m. April 22.

Questions may be directed to city hall at 218-828-2307.

Other city vacancies

The council is also in search of applicants to fill the following committee and commission vacancies:

  • Cable TV advisory committee — Two terms expiring 2021, two terms expiring 2022.

  • Charter commission — Two terms expiring 2020, one term expiring 2021, one term expiring 2022, one term expiring 2023.

  • Economic Development Authority — One term expiring 2020.

  • Planning commission — One term expiring 2022.

  • Water tower committee — Multiple seats available.

All terms expire Dec. 31 of the year listed. Applications and requirements are available at .

Note: This story was updated April 10 to reflect the correct date of the April 27 meeting.

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