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Candidates file for mayor, council seats in west central Minn.

Erica Dischino / Tribune

WILLMAR - Candidates have filed for city council and mayor positions in area communities. As of Wednesday, these are the filings that have been recorded. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday to withdraw.

A complete listing of the filings will be published in coming days.

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

Here's a look at the filings by county:


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

Milan: Incumbent Ron Anderson is unopposed for mayor. James Anderson, Bruce Dairymple 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.


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

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.

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.


Litchfield: Ron Dingmann, Keith Johnson and Darlene Kotelnicki filed for mayor.

No candidate filed for the Ward 1 council seat. Betty Allen filed for the Ward 3 seat. Sara Miller and Robert Powers filed for the Ward 5 seat.


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

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

Fairfax: Bradley Augustin filed for mayor. Joshua Bunkers filed for council, two seats are open.

Hector: Janis 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.

Olivia: Incumbent Sue Hilgert filed for mayor. Blanca Ferguson and Tom Kalahar filed for two council seats.

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


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

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

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

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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