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Brainerd School Board races now feature 16 candidates on last day of filing

Several city council races in the region saw more entrants as well, including an unusually high number of candidates in the city of Emily.

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The Brainerd School Board race saw the entry of two more candidates in the special election to fill the remaining two years of two seats — Jessica Lynn Forsberg and Trevor Mulholland. This makes for a total of 16 candidates for five seats.
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With the last day of the candidate filing period coming to a close Tuesday, Aug. 16, several more locals decided to seek public office in their school districts, cities or townships.

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The Brainerd School Board race saw the entry of two more candidates in the special election to fill the remaining two years of two seats — Jessica Lynn Forsberg and Trevor Mulholland. This makes for a total of 16 candidates for five seats.

Four more people filed for the Pequot Lakes School Board — Erik Bresnahan, Jacob Thomas Cameron, Brian Hankins and Craig Polchow — bringing the total to eight candidates seeking three seats.

The race for mayor in Deerwood became competitive with the entry of Joshua Crain, who faces current city council member John V. Taylor. Several city council races in the region saw more entrants as well, including an unusually high number of candidates in the city of Emily. A sixth candidate — Bryce Batcher — filed for one of two City Council seats, while the mayoral race in Emily features three contenders.

Filings on Aug. 16


School districts

Brainerd School District No. 181

  • Special election for School Board member (elect two) — Jessica Lynn Forsberg, Trevor Mulholland.

Cass Lake-Bena School District No. 115

  • School Board member (elect three) — Terri (Muller) Vail (incumbent).

Crosby-Ironton School District No. 182

  • Special election for school board member (elect two) — Michael Domin (incumbent).

Pequot Lakes School District No. 186

  • School Board member (elect three) — Erik Bresnahan, Jacob Thomas Cameron, Brian Hankins, Craig Polchow.

Verndale School District No. 818

  • School Board member (elect three) — Scott Veronen (incumbent).

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District No. 113

  • School Board member (elect three) — Samantha Bialozynski.



  • Mayor — Kurt Sawyer (incumbent).



  • Council member (elect two) — Amy Bogart.

Breezy Point

  • Council member (elect two) — Gary A. Bakken (incumbent).


  • Mayor — Greg Gangl (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — George Dehler (incumbent), Preston Loidolt (incumbent).
  • City treasurer — Bobbi Jo Brisk (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) — Christopher Austin, Vern Lewis, Jennifer Wodarz.


  • Council member (elect two) — Sarah Stangl.


  • Mayor — Joshua Crain.


  • Council member (elect two) — Bryce Butcher (incumbent).

Fifty Lakes

  • Mayor — Steve Dahlke (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — Mark Bradley (incumbent).



  • City clerk-treasurer — Aaron P. Eckhout (incumbent).


  • Council member — Mike Welle (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) — Bruce Reeve, Jim Schneider (incumbent).
  • Special election for council member — John Chuba.


  • Council member (elect two) — Dean French, Rose Stromberg (incumbent).


  • Mayor — Charles Hoffman.
  • Council member (elect two) — Bill Ellis, Jerimey Flategraff (incumbent), Andrew J. Rudlang (incumbent).

Little Falls

  • Council member at large — David Glaze.
  • Council member Ward 3 — David C. Meyer.


  • Special election for council member — Joseph Hall.


  • Council member (elect two) — Randy Anderson (incumbent).

Pequot Lakes

  • Council member (elect two) — Cheri Seils (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) — H. Robert Freelove.

Pine River

  • Council member (elect two) — Anthony DeSanto (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) — Josh Connor (incumbent).


  • Council member — Jerome Ringwelski (incumbent).
  • City treasurer — Janice Czech (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) — Ardith Carr (incumbent), Brad Cottrell.


  • Mayor — George M. Deiss (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — Mark Lunde (incumbent).


Elmdale Township

  • Township supervisor, seat B — Bill Koopmeiners (incumbent).
  • Township clerk — Kim Harren.

Irondale Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Tim Leonard (incumbent).

Meadow Brook Township

  • Special election for township supervisor, seat 1 — Billy Haehnel (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Cory Detloff.

McKinley Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — William L. Brown (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — James G. Latterner (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer — Lee Burns (incumbent).

Moose Lake Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Mary Keppers.
  • Township clerk — Karen Roubal (incumbent).

Oak Lawn Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Alan Mellgren.

Pelican Township

  • Township clerk — Samantha Gonczy.

Pierz Township

  • Township supervisor, seat B — Dean Rocheleau (incumbent).

Shingobee Township

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

Trelipe Township

  • Town supervisor, seat 2 — Wes Slagle.

Woodrow Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Gordon Reher (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer — Tim Mueller (incumbent).

Hospital district

Cuyuna Range Hospital District

  • Hospital district board member, Ironton — Clark Hamdorf (incumbent).
Chelsey Perkins is the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch. A lakes area native, Perkins joined the Dispatch staff in 2014. She is the Crow Wing County government beat reporter and the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute" podcast.
Reach her at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or at 218-855-5874 and find @DispatchChelsey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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