Doug Reese files for Willmar mayor; Carl Shuldes files for Ward 1 seat

Filings for public office continue in Willmar Tuesday ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline.

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Filings for public office continue in Willmar Tuesday ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline.
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WILLMAR — Former Willmar City Council member Doug Reese has filed to run for Willmar mayor, and retired Willmar school teacher Carl Shuldes has filed to seek the Ward 1 seat.

Doug Reese
Doug Reese
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Reese previously served 27 years on the Willmar City Council and four years as the Kandiyohi County Commissioner for District 2. He has served as coordinator for the Willmar Area Faith At Work program since 2011. He earlier had served as national representative for 36 years with the Christian Labor Association.

Marv Calvin is not seeking re-election as Willmar mayor after serving two terms.

Shuldes is a retired social studies teacher, having taught at Willmar Senior High School for nearly 32 years. He is also a former boys and girls swimming coach at Willmar, and is a 1985 graduate of Bemidji State University.

Andrew Plowman has not yet filed to seek re-election to the Ward 1.


Other Willmar filings include Zeke Dahl and Steve Peppin filing for Willmar mayor.

Ward 2 incumbent Vicki Davis filed for re-election earlier this month.

On Tuesday morning, incumbent Rick Fagerlie filed seeking re-election to his Ward 3 seat; and incumbent Audrey Nelsen filed seeking re-election to her Ward 4 seat.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.

The West Central Tribune was witness to many changes in 2022, from elections to education to infrastructure improvements.
Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin, during an interview Tuesday with West Central Tribune, reflected on what went well and what could have been better during his time leading the city.
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Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
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