Brainerd council member joins County Board race

The filing for candidacy marks the fifth person to enter the race in Commissioner District 3, currently represented by Commissioner Steve Barrows.

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The filing period for federal, state and county offices — along with cities and school districts in which primaries occur — remains open through May 31.
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A fifth candidate joined the race for Crow Wing County commissioner, and it’s a familiar face in local government.

Tad A. Erickson, currently serving as an at large council member for the Brainerd City Council, filed to run in District 3 Monday, May 23. The council member’s term expires at the end of this year. Erickson challenges incumbent Steve Barrows alongside three others: Keith M. Johnson, Jazz Ness and Jacob White. The crowded field will be narrowed to two candidates after the August primary election.

Another entrant for Crow Wing County Board sets up a contested race in District 2. Robin M. Sylvester of rural Pequot Lakes filed for that seat, joining Stephen G. Olson of Breezy Point. Incumbent Commissioner Bill Brekken has not filed for the race as of Monday.

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Also making it official Monday were candidates for the 8th Congressional District: incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, and his Democratic challenger Jen Schultz.

The filing period for federal, state and county offices — along with cities and school districts in which primaries occur — remains open through May 31.


Filings on May 23

U.S. Representative, District 8

  • Pete Stauber, Republican (incumbent); Jen Schultz, Democrat.

State representative

  • District 2B — Erika Bailey-Johnson, DFL.


  • 9th District, Court 17 — Corey A. Harbott (incumbent).

Crow Wing County

  • Commissioner District 2 — Robin M. Sylvester.
  • Commissioner District 3 — Tad A. Erickson.

Mille Lacs County

  • Soil and water supervisor, District 3 — Jake Janski (incumbent).
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