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Five candidates file for Willmar School Board


WILLMAR — A total of five candidates have filed to run for three seats on the Willmar School Board.

In the Nov. 6 general election, school district voters will choose three candidates to serve four-year terms on the School Board.

One incumbent, Mary Amon, filed for re-election, but two others, Linda Mathiasen and Laura Warne, did not file. Their terms will expire at the end of the year.

Other candidates to file by the Tuesday deadline are Jay Lawton of Willmar, Teresa Larsen of Willmar, Michelle Marotzke of Kandiyohi and Michael O'Brien of Willmar.

Amon, 54, is a physician at Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar. She was elected to the board in a special election a year ago. She said she is running because "I've learned a lot in a year, and it would be great to be able to utilize what I've learned and be more active on the school board."

Lawton is an employee at Jennie-O Turkey Store. He is a veteran and has been an active volunteer in the community.

Larson, 64, is an ordained minister and a missionary who lives in Willmar. She is originally from Oklahoma. She is running "because I wanted to get involved in the political process in America, because I think there's a huge need for people who will support righteous living and righteous ideas."

Marotzke, 43, is an analyst for Willmar Municipal Utilities. She has also volunteered in the schools and in other parts of the community. "I'm passionate about education and believe that our children should be set up to succeed in all areas of life," she said about why she's running. "Combined with my leadership and organization skills, I believe that passion will be put to good use as a member of the Willmar School Board."

O'Brien, 69, currently works for Willmar Bus and as a paraprofessional in the Willmar Schools. He is a retired conservation officer. He's also a former member of the New London-Spicer

School Board. "I thought with my expertise and time on the board, maybe I can help the school district," he said.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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