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Calvin, Liebl file for Willmar mayor; DeBlieck, Gardner, Nelsen file for council

WILLMAR — Retired Willmar fire chief/fire marshal Marv Calvin and Zack Liebl, outreach coordinator for the Willmar Community-Owned Grocery Store, have filed for the office of mayor in the Aug. 12 Willmar city primary election.

Both had earlier announced their intentions to file.

Filings for the office of mayor and for four City Council seats began Tuesday and will close at 5 p.m. June 3. For a $5 fee, candidates may file affidavits of candidacy at the City Clerk’s Office at Willmar City Offices.

Calvin and Liebl have filed for the four-year office currently held by Mayor Frank Yanish, whose term will expire in January 2015.

Yanish has not announced whether he will file for a second term.

Yanish is out of town, but the Tribune reached him on a road trip Tuesday morning with his wife and he said he is undecided about running for re-election.

The couple sold their tire business in Willmar in March, and Yanish said part of the reason for their road trip is to decide what they are going to do.

“It depends on who runs. I haven’t decided yet,’’ he said.

The four-year terms of four council members — one in each of the city’s four wards — will also expire in January 2015.

Council members who filed Tuesday were Ward 1 incumbent Councilman Bruce DeBlieck, who has held office since 1990; former Ward 2 councilman Steve Gardner, who served from 2005 to 2009; and Ward 4 Councilwoman Audrey Nelsen, who was elected in February 2013 to fill an unexpired term.

Gardner is running for the seat currently held by Ward 2 Councilman Ron Christianson, who has held office since 1994.

The other council member whose term expires is Ward 3 Councilman Rick Fagerlie.

Christianson and Fagerlie have not announced their intentions to seek re-election.

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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