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Little competition on ballots

If it weren't for electing a couple of supervisors here and there, elections in Castle Rock, Empire and Eureka townships would be pretty quiet this year.

None of the three townships has any kind of a ballot question to be decided in the March 9 election. And, for that matter, one community has only one candidate to vote for to fill one vacancy.

That's Empire Township, where supervisor and incumbent Jamie Elvestad is the lone candidate in the upcoming election. Elvestad has filed to continue his position for another term of three years. He is running unopposed.

Eureka Township will likely name a new chairperson after the upcoming election. Jeff Otto, Eureka's current chairman, has decided not to seek reelection. Residents Christopher Prose and Kenny Miller have both registered for Otto's vacant seat. The post is for a three-year term. Miller currently serves on the township's planning commission.

Three posts are up for grabs in Castle Rock Township. Russel Zellmer has filed for reelection to continue his supervisor position for another three years. Zellmer is running unopposed. Town clerk Jane Bistodeau, also the incumbent, is running unopposed to maintain her seat for another two years.

The second supervisor position, though, has a challenger. Incumbent Michael Monroe Kiefer, who holds the Supervisor B position, is being challenged by planning commission member David Nicolai. Supervisor B is also a three-year term.

Township elections will be held March 9, 2010, at each of the respective town halls. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to contact their town hall for absentee ballot information.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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