Brainerd School Board candidate list keeps growing

Also jumping into the fray Friday were two incumbent mayors and a Pequot Lakes School Board candidate.


Members of the community continue to show interest in serving on the Brainerd School Board as the 13th candidate joined the list Friday, Aug. 12.

Michelle Brekken of Baxter became the sixth person seeking one of two seats up for special election, meaning those elected would serve two-year terms.

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Seven other candidates thus far filed for the other three seats available, which include a four-year term. Two current incumbents who occupy seats up for election this year — Ruth Nelson and Tom Haglin — are not among that group with two business days left in the candidate filing period.

Also jumping into the fray Friday were two incumbent mayors. Crosby Mayor Diane Cash filed for reelection, joining candidate Sierra McLean for a competitive race. And in Emily, current Mayor Tracy Jones entered the race, the third candidate to do so.

A fourth candidate, Bryan Held, filed for Pequot Lakes School Board, making the race competitive for three seats.


Those interested in a seat at the table in their local city, township or school district government have through 5 p.m. Tuesday to file.

Visit to view who’s filed thus far and to learn which seats are up for election.

Filings on Aug. 12

School districts

Brainerd School District No. 181

  • Special election for School Board member (elect two) — Michelle Brekken.

Cass Lake-Bena School District No. 115

  • School Board member (elect three) — Terri Finn-Goggleye.

Crosby-Ironton School District No. 182

  • School Board member (elect three) — Russell Reisz.
  • Special election for School Board member (elect two) — Steve Hudson Cotariu, Laura Lee.

Pequot Lakes School District No. 186

  • School Board member (elect three) — Bryan Held.




  • Council member (elect two) — Nancy Foley.


  • Mayor — Diane Cash (incumbent).


  • Mayor — John V. Taylor.
  • Council member (elect two) — Joshua H. Voller.
  • Special election for council member — Bridgett Quist.


  • Mayor — Tracy Jones (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — Andrea Donnelly.

Fifty Lakes

  • Council member (elect two) — Jill Radman.


  • Council member (elect two) — Jim Senenfelder (incumbent).


Crooked Lake Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Jerry Shields.

Fairview Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Walter Richmond (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Tony Cyr.

Long Lake Township


  • Township supervisor, seat B — Mark Olson.
  • Township treasurer — Virginia Smart (incumbent).

Pelican Township

  • Special election for township supervisor, seat C — Thomas Boldt.

Shingobee Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 5 — Ronald W. Geiser (incumbent).

Wabedo Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Chaz Ratz (incumbent).

Wolford Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Cathy Preston.

Hospital district

Cuyuna Range Hospital District

  • Hospital district board member, Wolford Township — Roger Twigg (incumbent).
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