Introducing the candidates: County, House, Senate seats on ballots

With the start of election season, the candidates listed below have filed to put their name on the ballot for election to office, and some will be involved in primary elections this summer.

The primary election – for if more than two candidates file for a nonpartisan office or if more than two candidates in a party file for one seat – is set for Tuesday, Aug. 14. The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Filing for these offices ran Tuesday, May 22, through Tuesday, June 5. Candidates had until 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7, to withdraw from the election.

Details on the primary election and candidates will appear this summer in the Sun-Focus editions.

Info: sos.state.mn.us.

Anoka County Districts

Those up for election include all districts but District 4, with Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak of Columbia Heights. District 4 includes all of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, most of Fridley (not the northwest corner), and the eastern half of Spring Lake Park.

There will not be a need for primaries in the local Anoka County Board elections.

District 5 (for a two-year term) includes the northwest corner of Fridley, as well as the eastern half of Coon Rapids and the southern edge of Andover. Candidates are:

– Incumbent Commissioner Carol LeDoux of Coon Rapids, who won the board seat in a fall 2010 special election after her husband vacated the seat in May 2010 due to an illness.

Scott Randall Bromley of Coon Rapids, of Bromley Printing, a printing and design company based in Minneapolis.

District 5 Soil and Water Supervisor is also on the ballot. The only candidate who filed is Vici L. Nass of East Bethel.

Ramsey County Districts

Ramsey County Commission districts up for election this year include Districts 1, 2 and 7. Only 1 and 2 are in the Focus coverage area.

There will be a primary election for District 1 of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.

District 1 includes most of Mounds View, as well as Shoreview, Arden Hills, North Oaks, White Bear, Vadnais Heights and Gem Lake. Candidates are:

– Incumbent Commissioner Tony Bennett of Shoreview, who served as a St. Paul Police officer for 26 years, at the Minnesota Legislature for 12 years, as United States Marshal for Minnesota for four years. He was first elected to the board in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Blake C. Huffman of Shoreview has served on the Shoreview City Council since 1996. He also serves as a board member for the Northwest Youth and Family Services, and is an active member of the Capital Campaign Committee.

Frank T. Mabley of Shoreview is an attorney and former aerospace technologist.

Bob Fletcher of Vadnais Heights is a former 16-year Ramsey County Sheriff and is currently the commander of the St. Paul Police Department’s property crimes unit.

District 2 includes all of New Brighton, the southeast corner of Mounds View, as well as St. Anthony, Roseville, Little Canada and Lauderdale. Jan Parker is the current office holder and is not seeking re-election after serving on the board for 16 years. This race will include a primary election. Candidates are:

Mary Jo McGuire of Roseville is a current outgoing senator for Senate District 66. She has also served 14 years as a State Representative. She is an attorney and an adjunct professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

- Sue Jeffers of New Brighton is stepping down from her radio show on KTCN-AM 1130 to focus on her Ramsey County Board campaign. She has more than 30 years of small business experience.

Mary Burg of New Brighton has been a New Brighton City Council member since 2004.

The District 2 Soil and Water Supervisor seat is also on the ballot. There will not be a need for primaries in this election. Candidates are:

Gwen Willems of Falcon Heights is currently the vice chair of the Conservation District board.

- Greg Ryan of Roseville filed June 4. (No website was listed to learn more about the candidate, and he couldn’t be reached for comment before this edition went to press.)

House Districts

There will not be a need for primaries in the local house district elections.

House District 41A includes all of Fridley, the southwest corner of Spring Lake Park and the north half of New Brighton. The current office holder is Tom Tillberry, D-Fridley, who didn’t file for re-election. Candidates are:

Connie Bernardy, DFL-Fridley, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and served until September 2006, when she resigned and then worked as a government-relations specialist for Education Minnesota into 2007.

Dale Helm, R-Fridley, a 21-year military veteran, who retired as a senior Captain of Field Artillery. He ran for the house seat against Tillberry in 2010.

House District 41B includes the south half of New Brighton, all of Columbia Heights and Hilltop, as well as St. Anthony. Candidates are:

– Incumbent Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights, who has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2006 and served 10 years on the Columbia Heights School Board.

Laura Palmer, R-Columbia Heights, filed for office May 30. (No website was listed to learn more about the candidate, and she couldn’t be reached for comment before this edition went to press.)

Tim Utz, Constitution Party-Columbia Heights, a former legislative candidate, and currently serves as a Columbia Heights Charter Commission member.

House District 42A includes all of Mounds View, as well as Arden Hills and the north half of Shoreview. There is no incumbent for this seat. Candidates are:

Barb Yarusso, DFL-Shoreview, who is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and is a freelance science and math tutor.

Russ Bertsch, R-Arden Hills, who has worked in his own business as an independent financial advisor since 1992.

Senate Districts

There will not be a need for primaries in the local senate district elections.

Senate District 41 includes all of Fridley, the southwest corner of Spring Lake Park, all of New Brighton, Columbia Heights, Hilltop and St. Anthony. Candidates are:

– Incumbent Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000, and re-elected 2002 and 2004, and elected to her first senate term in 2010

Gina Bauman, R-New Brighton, a twice-elected member of city government.

Senate District 42 includes all of Mounds View, as well as Arden Hills, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada, Gem Lake, and the northeast corner of Roseville. There is no incumbent for this district, because of redistricting changes. Candidates are:

Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, who served on Little Canada’s City Council for 24 years and served four terms as State Representative

- April King, R-Shoreview, a solo lawyer in estate planning, and a current volunteer and board member at Love in the Name of Christ of Northwest Ramsey County.

Congressional Districts

Primaries will be held in the local U.S. representative congressional district elections:

– U.S. Representative District 4 includes all of Mounds View and New Brighton, as well as other communities such as Stillwater, Roseville, Woodbury and North St. Paul. Candidates who filed include, for DFL, Betty McCollum, Diana Longrie, and Brian Stalboerger; for Republican, Ron Seiford and Tony Hernandez; and for Independence, Steve Carlson.

– U.S. Representative District 5 includes Fridley, Hilltop and Columbia Heights, as well as other communities such as Edina, Golden Valley, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park. Candidates who filed include, for DFL, Keith Ellison, Gary Boisclair and Gregg A. Iverson; as well as Chris Fields, R.

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