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City, school board races fill up

After more than a week of looking like it would be an easy decision for voters, there is finally some competition in Farmington's mayoral and city council races.

Farmington resident Jerry Wear and former city council member David Pritzlaff joined incumbent mayor Todd Larson on the ballot Monday. Larson, who turned in his affidavit of candidacy the day filing opened July 31, had been the only candidate on the ballot.

There will be a choice in the city council race as well, and residents are guaranteed to see at least one new face. Julie May, who is completing her first term on the council, chose not to seek a second term. Incumbent Terry Donnelly submitted his name shortly before the end of the filing period.

For much of the filing period it appeared there would be only two choices for residents. Douglas Bonar, a former buildings and grounds director for the Farmington School District and a current member of the Farmington Economic Development Authority, and Kirk Zeaman, a part owner of Dunn Bros. Coffee in Farmington, both filed Aug. 3 and there had been little activity since. Lenny Hall, who ran for a council seat two years ago, filed for the election shortly before the end of the filing period but has since withdrawn.

Two new faces on school board

There will be at least one familiar face on the ballot when voters go to the polls to elect school board members in November.

Incumbent Julie Singewald filed Monday for a second term on the District 192 School Board. She is the only one of three incumbents on the board to seek another term. Tim Burke, who was elected the same year as Singewald, announced before the filing period opened that he did not plan to seek a second term. Julie McKnight, the longest-serving member of the board, did not file before the end of the filing period Tuesday.

That means there will be at least two new faces on the board come November, and in addition to Singewald there are five candidates looking for the job.

Valley Middle School Teacher Eric Bartosh, Farmington High School graduate Jake Cordes and former FHS teacher and current Tiger girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier all filed for the position on July 31. John Guist, pastor at Middle Creek Vineyard Church, filed Aug. 2. Anthony McDonald filed Monday, and Lakeville resident Laura Beem filed Tuesday. In an announcement sent out late Tuesday afternoon, Beem said she was encouraged by Burke to seek the seat.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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