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Candidates file for mayor, council in west central Minn.

WILLMAR — Candidates have filed for city council and mayor positions in area communities.

No primary election is required in smaller cities, and everyone who files will be on the ballot in November.

This list was compiled based on information available as of 5 p.m. Thursday from the Secretary of State's office and from city offices in the region. Information may not be complete for all offices.

Here's a look at the city office filings by county:

Chippewa

Clara City: Gary Nelson filed for mayor. Nathan Speiser and Victor Sparks filed for two council seats.

Milan: Incumbent Ron Anderson filed for mayor. James Anderson, Bruce Dalrymple and Merle Hilden filed for two council seats.

Montevideo: Incumbent Debra Lee Fader and former mayor Jim Curtiss have filed for mayor. Marvin Garbe and Bryce Curtiss, incumbents, and Daniel Sanborn and Steve Sulflow filed for three council seats.

Kandiyohi

Atwater: Mark S. Olson filed for mayor. Mary Schmidt, Jerry Spencer, Brian Carlson, Jerry Dowdell and Sandra L. Walsh filed for two council seats with four-year terms; Deb Mickle filed for a seat with a two-year term.

Kandiyohi: Gorden Woltjer filed for mayor. Ryan Otto Gonnerman, Joshua Larcom and Scott R. McGillivray filed for two council seats.

Lake Lillian: Kristine Kaiser and Michael Sagness filed for two council seats. No filings were listed for mayor.

New London: Incumbent Bill Gossman filed for mayor. John Bergman, Vincent Mische, Christa Otteson, Mateo Mackbee, Daniel Olk and John Dahl filed for two council seats.

Pennock: Incumbent Kevin J. Crowley filed for mayor. Bruce Bastin, Laurie Maresch and David Miller filed for two council seats. No filings are listed for a third council seat.

Prinsburg: Incumbent Harvey Van Eps filed for mayor. Greg Bonnema and Mitchell Swart filed for two council seats.

Raymond: Incumbent Ardell Tensen filed for mayor. Brad Heida and Tim Stutelberg filed for two council seats.

Regal: Anthony Kotten filed for mayor. Janet Fleck, Andrea Hiltner and Brandon Keller filed for two council seats.

Spicer: Incumbent Denny Baker filed for mayor. Incumbents Shelly Munyon and Troy Block filed for two council seats.

Lac qui Parle

Dawson: Incumbents Dave Lien and Steve Tufto and Raymond Fisk, Jon "J.T." Schacherer and Jeff Fish filed for three open council positions.

Madison: Incumbent Greg Thole filed for mayor. Paul Zahrbock and Tim Volk filed for their council seats.

Meeker

Cosmos: Gary Martin and Emily Schmeling have filed for mayor. Terry Anderson and Tom McCarthy filed for two seats on the council.

Grove City: No one is listed as filing for mayor. Michael Halterman and Bill Peterka filed for two seats on the council. Sheldon Evenson filed for a council seat to be decided by special election.

Litchfield: Ron Dingmann, Keith Johnson and Darlene Kotelnicki filed for mayor. Eric L. Mathwig and Joseph Mortimer have filed for the council seat in Ward 1. Betty J. Allen filed for the Ward 3 seat. Sara Miller and Robert Powers filed for the Ward 5 seat.

Renville

Bird Island: Julie Sander filed for mayor. Bob Cline, Jeff Engelmann and Krista Schneider filed for two council positions.

Buffalo Lake: Wayne Carrigan filed for mayor, and Ryan Beich filed for one of two seats open on the council.

Danube: Jim C. Aalderks and Gene Allex filed for mayor. Carrie Garza and Sharon Krogman filed for two council seats.

Fairfax: Bradley R. Augustin filed for mayor. Bradley Bastian and Joshua Bunkers filed for two council seats. No one is shown to have filed for a council seat to be decided by special election.

Franklin: Todd Sherman filed for mayor. Halley Morlock and Curt Scharfencamp filed for two council seats.

Hector: Janis L. Weikle filed for mayor. Dave Brateng, Jeff Heerdt and Penny Kandt filed for two council seats. Amy Hollan and Adam Schaufler filed for a council seat to be decided by special election.

Morton: Rick Farmer filed for mayor. Tom Jacobson and Linda Kahmeyer filed for two seats on the council.

Olivia: Incumbent Suzanne M. "Sue" Hilgert filed for mayor. Blanca Ferguson and Thomas J. Kalahar filed for two council seats.

Renville: Incumbents Brent LeRoy Dahl and Laura Rosen and David D. Grund filed for three council seats.

Swift

Appleton: Lindsey Bruer and Dan Tosel filed for mayor. Victoria "Tori" Hammerud, John Droogsma and Jason Heinecke filed for two council seats.

Clontarf: Dale Hagestuen filed for one of two separate at-large council seats, and no one is listed as filing for the other. Belinda Brandt filed for city clerk.

Danvers: Julie A. Commerford filed for mayor. Adam Carruth and Sheri Gades filed for two council seats.

DeGraff: Randy Simmonds filed for mayor, and Jill Gunderson filed for one of two council seats.

Holloway: Bradley Oyen filed for mayor. Janet Suckow and Allen Norby filed for separate, at-large council seats. Joann Schliep filed for city clerk/treasurer.

Kerkhoven: Incumbent Kordell VanHeuveln filed for mayor. Brian Thompson and Andrew Thorson filed for two council seats.

Murdock: Craig Kavanagh filed for mayor. Kelly Demuth and Patrick Thorson filed for two council seats.

Yellow Medicine

Granite Falls: Steve Nordaune, Brad Peterson and Zac Richter filed for two at-large council seats. DuWayne Galow filed for the Ward 2 seat.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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