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Pequot Lakes: Mayoral candidate out, then back in

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A second Pequot Lakes candidate withdrew from the mayor's race Thursday, Aug. 30, but a day later said he missed the withdrawal deadline so would run as planned.

"Based on the current issues of the city, I was thinking this may be more taxing on my family than I originally thought," mayoral candidate James Tayloe said in an email. "When I went into the city to withdraw from the election they told me I could withdraw but I would still be on the ballot. At that time it made me realize that I had made a commitment to this town and that I would stand behind it. If elected I will do my best for this town I love so much."

Tayloe and Cathy Malecha will vie for the mayor's seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

Pete Clement was a mayoral candidate as well, but he withdrew his name within the required two days after filings closed, or by Aug. 16. Clement's name will not be on the ballot.

Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County administrative services director, explained that if a person on the ballot wins but declines to take the seat, the city council would declare a vacancy and the incoming 2019 council would appoint someone to serve through the next general election in 2020.

There are three candidates for two Pequot Lakes City Council positions that will be on the November ballot as well: incumbent Jerry Akerson and challengers Jeff Boucher and Cheri Seils.

The Pequot Lakes Chamber will host a Pequot Lakes candidate forum for the mayoral and city council candidates from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. All candidates on the ballot were invited and have said they will attend.