General election ballots are now set

Candidate filing for municipal elections in cities without primaries closed Aug. 16. The following is a rundown of the candidates in the Bulletin area that voters can expect to see on their Nov. 8 general election ballots.


Arden Hills

The Arden Hills City Council seats currently held by council members Brenda Holden, Dave McClung and appointed member Jonathan Wicklund are up for grabs.

While Wicklund decided not to run this fall, Holden and McClung have both filed for re-election in hopes of retaining their seats.

Three challengers joined the two incumbents in the race.

Steven Loyal Jones, who currently sits on the city’s planning commission, is aiming for a seat on the council. Dan Burns and Tania Dreon also filed, both submitting their names just before deadline, Aug. 15 and 16, respectively.

Arden Hills will also hold a special election this year.

Wicklund took his post Jan. 25, filling the seat made vacant in the wake of council member Robert Woodburn’s death last October.

Woodburn’s term was set to expire in 2018, but Wicklund was appointed to serve only until the end of 2016.

Because more than two years remained in Woodburn’s term, according to state law, the seat has to appear on the November ballot for a special two-year term.

Steve Scott and Nicholas A. Tamble are running for that seat.


Mounds View

Mounds View will see a new mayor come January, as Mayor Joe Flaherty, who has been mayor since 2008, is not seeking re-election.

There are two in the running for the mayoral seat. After nine years on the council, current council member Carol Mueller has decided to seek the position of mayor. She will face Shauna Bock in the general election.

Council members Sherry Gunn and Gary Meehlhause have terms that end this year. Both Gunn and Meehlhause are running for re-election unopposed.

If Mueller were to be elected mayor, her council seat, which expires at the end of 2018, would become available in January. According to Mounds View city administrator Jim Ericson, a special election would be arranged to fill that seat sometime after the beginning of the new year. 


New Brighton

This will be New Brighton’s first even-year municipal election, as the council decided to join the majority of Minnesota cities and drop its odd-year election schedule.

The New Brighton City Council seats currently held by council members Gina Bauman and Brian Strub will be in play this fall.

Both incumbents, whose terms were actually shortened due to the change from odd- to even-year elections, are seeking another term.

They will be challenged by Emily Dunsworth and Verne McPherson.



Shoreview mayor Sandy Martin’s term is set to end Dec. 31. Martin’s name is the only one listed on the ballot for that seat, which she was first elected to in 1996.

There are several folks shooting for the city council seats currently held by Emy Johnson and Ady Wickstrom.

Johnson is one of them, but Wickstrom has decided to not seek re-election. 

Others vying for the council seats are Sue Denkinger, Michael S. Divine, John Hakes and Steve Solomonson, all of whom filed on the same day, Aug. 3. 


St. Anthony 

The Village of St. Anthony will not have municipal elections this November. 

Non-municipal offices 

Candidate filing for elections with primaries in the Bulletin area closed back in May. 

Numerous incumbents tossed their hats back in the ring in an attempt to hold onto their current seats, while others decided to seek other offices or retire. 

Notably, DFL state Sens. Bev Scalze and Barb Goodwin have decided to conclude their long careers of public service at the end of 2016.

Scalze’s departure prompted House District 42B Rep. Jason Isaacson, DFL-Shoreview, to go after her current seat, opening up the 42B race to newcomers.

In the same vein, Goodwin’s departure led to House District 41B Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL-Columbia Heights, to seek Goodwin’s current seat in the Senate. 

The following candidates filed to run in this year’s election:


U.S. House District 4

• Betty McCollum - DFL

• Greg Ryan - Republican

• Susan Pendergast Sindt -Legal Marijuana Now Party


Senate District 41

• Gary R. Johnson - Republican

• Carolyn Laine - DFL


Senate District 42

• Jason Isaacson - DFL

• Candy Sina - Republican


House District 41A

• Connie Bernardy - DFL

• Ryan Evanson - Republican


House District 41B

• Mary Kunesh-Podein - DFL 

• Camden J. Pike - Republican


House District 42A

• Randy Jessup - Republican

• Barb Yarusso - DFL


House District 42B

• Jamie Becker-Finn - DFL

• Tracy Nelson - Republican


Ramsey County Commission District 1

• Blake Huffman - nonpartisan


Ramsey County Commission District 2

• Sue Jeffers - nonpartisan

• Mary Jo McGuire - nonpartisan


Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at


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