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Candidates starting to file for open seats

Anyone interested in running for election to a local city council or school board has until next Tuesday to do so.

The filing period, which started July 31, will end at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14. Candidates will be included on the ballots for the general election on Nov. 6.

In Perham, the position of mayor is open, and there are two open city council seats.

Incumbant mayor Tim Meehl filed for reelection on Monday. James Johnson and Eric Spencer, whose terms on the city council will expire at the end of this year, also plan to rerun, but had not yet filed as of Monday.

So far there are four candidates to fill three open seats on the Perham School Board, including incumbents Cyndy Huber and Arnie Thompson, along with newcomer David Reitmeyer. Sue Von Ruden, whose term expires this year, has said she plans to run, but had not filed yet as of Monday.

In New York Mills, one person, Kenny Friese, has filed for mayor. Current mayor Larry Hodgson has said he will not be running again. NY Mills City Councilor, Richard Rankka, said he will not be rerunning to fill one of two open seats; councilor Julie Gerber is undecided.

There are four openings on the NY Mills School Board, and as of Tuesday morning only one person, newcomer Wendy Hetland, had filed. Three incumbents - John Peeters, Josie Hendrickx and Dan Welter - have said they will not be rerunning. The fourth, Tim Kupfer, is undecided.

Those who have already filed can still withdraw their applications through Aug. 16. Affidavits of candidacy are available at city and school district offices. The fee to file is $2.

Local townships are also seeking candidates for various positions. Openings are posted in the legals section of this newspaper. Contact local clerks for more information, and/or to file for a position.

Connie Vandermay contributed to this report.