Les Heitke running for Willmar City Council Ward 1 seat

Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke has filed seeking the Ward 1 seat on the Willmar City Council.

Les Heitke

WILLMAR β€” Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke is now running for the Willmar City Council in Ward 1.

Heitke filed to run for the seat currently being held by Kathy Schwantes, who announced she is not running for re-election.

If elected, this will be Heitke's second time serving on the City Council. According to West Central Tribune archives, he served on the council from 1989 to 1994 and then was elected mayor in 1995. He served as mayor until 2010.

Heitke is currently serving on the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission's Joint Operations Board.

Ward 1 encompasses the norther quarter of Willmar, around the lakes and Ridgewater College.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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