Candidate filings continue for Kandiyohi County, Willmar and state offices

More candidates are filing for office in Kandiyohi County and Willmar.

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WILLMAR — A few more candidates have thrown their hats into the election ring this week, hoping to win a state, Kandiyohi County or Willmar office in November.


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Fernando Alvarado

Fernando Alvarado has filed to run for the Minnesota Senate in District 16, which is currently represented by Andrew Lang. The district, which was formerly District 17 before redistricting redrew the boundary lines, includes all of Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Renville counties, including the townships of Birch Cooley and Beaver Falls and the city of Morton. Also added to the district was the western half and a portion of north central Meeker County, including the cities of Litchfield, Cosmos and Watkins.

Alvarado previously served one term on the Willmar City Council. A Navy veteran, he retired from a 30-year career as a claims representative of Auto Owner Insurance Company in 2021.


Erica Dischino / TribuneWard 2 Willmar City Council candidate Vicki Davis poses for a photo Sept. 28.
Vicki Davis

Willmar City Councilor Vicki Davis has filed to run for re-election for the council seat in Ward 2. The ward covers the southwestern quarter of the city.

Davis has served on the council for nearly four years, and was the previous owner of the Goodness Coffee Shop in downtown Willmar.


Kandiyohi County

Erica Dischino / TribuneDaniel Burns answers a question at the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s candidate forum Thursday evening at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building.
Daniel Burns

For Kandiyohi County, another candidate has filed to run for sheriff. Daniel Burns of Raymond is the third candidate to file to run for the office, meaning an August primary will need to be held.

Burns has served 37 years with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

Filing closes May 31. A complete list of candidates will be published after that date.

Others who have filed prior to today are listed in this previous story .

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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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