Rhonda Silence

Deadline quickly approaching to file for office

In Grand Marais there are three slots open–for mayor and two city council seats. As of 3:30 p.m. there are candidates for all three races. Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux has filed for reelection. Current City Councilor Kelly Swearingen also filed for mayor.

Five people have filed for the two open city council seats. Candidates are incumbent Craig Schulte, Michael Geary, Diane Greeley, Mike Smieja and Tracy Benson. The top two vote getters will take the council seats.

North Shore Health has candidates for both board positions on the ballot. Mary Sanders has filed to run in District 2 and incumbent Kay Olson is running for reelection in District 4.

In the special election filing to fill the commissioner vacancy in District 1, three candidates have filed. The vacancy was created when Robert “Bobby” Deschampe won the election for chair of Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He resigned his commission seat to assume the role of Tribal Chair.

The deadline to run for the District 1 commissioner seat is also 5 p.m. today. Three candidates have filed, Clark Bloomquist, Robert Svaileson, and Paula Marie Powell.

Regarding the primary election underway, County Auditor Braidy Powers says as of 3:30 p.m., his office had process 1,912 ballots, with 44 new voters registered. Powers spoke with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs earlier about how things were going at the polls. Here’s their conversation.