Local Elected Official Filings 26 May 12

Several local-area Incumbents filed for re-election on Friday. State Senator Gary Dahms of Redwood Falls filed as the Republican candidate for Minnesota Senate District 16. Redistricting has expanded his legislative district to include not just Brown and Redwood Counties, but also Lyon, Yellow Medicine and Laq qui Parle. Dahms will face off against DFL candidate, retiring Wabasso Superintendent Ted Suss this November. Brown County Board Incumbents Commissioners Jim Berg and Dick Seeboth have both filed for re-election as well. Seeboth has represented the Brown County’s First District since 1996, and Berg has served as the Second District Brown County Commissioner since 1998. Newly-appointed New Ulm 2nd Ward City Councilor Lisa Fischer has also filed. She was appointed by the council to fill the seat left vacant by Councilor Todd Olson, whose work moved him out of town. The person elected to that seat in November will complete the 2 remaining years of Olson’s original term.

Assistant Watonwan County Attorney Chuck Hanson has filed for the city council seat in New Ulm’s Third Ward. Hanson moved to New Ulm in 2001, and has been active with the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, has served on the Church Council at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, coaches with the New Ulm Junior Baseball Association and New Ulm Basketball Association, and more. He is also an Air Force veteran with a degree in Law Enforcement and Speech Communications. The Third Ward New Ulm City Council Seat is currently held by Les Schultz, who has not filed for re-election at this time.

District 18A Republican State Representative Ron Shimanski of Silver Lake is running for a seat on the McLeod County Board. The recent Legislative redistricting paired Shimanski with Republican Representative Glenn Gruenhagen in the new District 18B. Gruenhagen received the GOP endorsement for the seat, leading Shimanski to file for the 1st District McLeod County Commissioner seat currently held by the retiring Ray Bayerl. Shimanski has served 3 terms in the Minnesota House. He is a lifelong resident of Hale Township and owner of Shimanski Orchard. Gene Feltmann and Nathan Schmalz, both of Lester Prairie have also filed for the District 1 commissioner position.