3 candidates vying for 2 Lake Elmo City Council seats

Fliflet finds herself 'powerless,' isn't running

 

In Lake Elmo, three candidates have filed to run for two seats up for election this fall on the city council.

Incumbent council member Jill Lundgren, who has been on the council since 2015, is running alonside Lisa McGinn and Planning Commission member Dale Dorschner. 

The filing period for the city council positions closed Aug. 14.

 

Fiflet steps away

Lake Elmo residents are guaranteed at least one new face on the city council.

Current council member Julie Fliflet, whose term expires at the end of the year, has decided not to run for re-election. Like Lundgren, she has been on the council since 2015.

"The decision was a difficult one," Fliflet said, adding, "[T]he deciding factors for me were when this Pearson/Bloyer/Nelson majority council voted to increase taxes for Lake Elmo residents by over 30 percent in just one year." 

She said another factor was when the council voted against Pete Schiltgen's proposal to keep his historical and "iconic Lake Elmo farm" as a horse farm and riding stable, and instead favored the area to be developed because its boundaries were within the Metropolitan Urban Service Area.

She noted that she believes spending and growth are out of control, something she has not been able to remedy on the current council.

"Knowing that even if I was elected to another term there would be no shift in the majority since only two council member seats were up for re-election, and I would continue to be powerless against the out-of-control spending and growth, I made the decision to step away," Fliflet said.

The two candidates who are voted into office on Election Day, Nov. 6, will be sworn in January 2019.

A former version of this article incorrectly stated Dale Dorschner's status on the Planning Commission.

— Aundrea Kinney

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