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Find out who's seeking Brainerd lakes area political seats

The filing period for candidates for federal, state and county elected offices runs through May 31

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The filing period for candidates for federal, state and county elected offices opened May 17 and runs through May 31.

The primary election is Aug. 9; the general election is Nov. 8.

The following area candidates had filed as of Monday, May 23.

Cass County

  • Commissioner District 1: Neal Gaalswyk (incumbent).
  • Commissioner District 4: Steve Erickson and Scott D. Bruns (incumbent).
  • Recorder: Kathryn “Katie” M. Norby (incumbent).
  • Sheriff: Chris Thompson and Bryan Welk.
  • County attorney: Benjamin T. Lindstrom (incumbent).
  • Soil and water supervisor, District 1: Thomas Kuschel (incumbent)
  • Soil and water supervisor, District 5: Jennifer O’Neill, Jon D. Osowski.

Crow Wing County

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  • Commissioner District 2: Stephen G. Olson, Breezy Point; Robin M. Sylvester, Pequot Lakes.
  • Commissioner District 3: Steve Barrows (incumbent), Keith M. Johnson, Jazz Ness, Jacob White, Tad A. Erickson.
  • Commissioner District 4: Rosemary R. Franzen (incumbent), Troy Kenneth Scheffler.
  • Sheriff: Scott Goddard (incumbent), Eric Klang.
  • County attorney: Donald F. Ryan (incumbent).
  • Soil and water supervisor, District 2: Diane Jacobson (incumbent).

State senators

  • Senate District 5: Bret Bussman, Republican; Paul J. Utke, R-Park Rapids (incumbent); A. John Peters, DFL. Both Republicans will be on the Aug. 9 primary ballot to narrow the field to one candidate from that party.

District 5 includes parts of Cass, Hubbard, Wadena and Becker counties, including the area cities of Backus, Chickamaw Beach, East Gull Lake, Hackensack, Lake Shore and Pine River, along with the area townships of Barclay, Bull Moose, Bungo, Deerfield, Fairview, Home Brook, Loon Lake, McKinley, Pine River, Powers, Walden and Wilson.

  • Senate District 6: Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids (incumbent).

Senate District 6 includes parts of Cass County, including Ponto Lake Township in the Echo Journal coverage area; northern two-thirds of Crow Wing County; parts of Itasca County.

State representatives

  • House District 5A: Krista Knudsen, Republican.

House District 5A includes parts of Cass, Hubbard, Wadena and Becker counties, including the area cities of Backus, Chickamaw Beach, East Gull Lake, Hackensack, Lake Shore and Pine River, along with the area townships of Barclay, Bull Moose, Bungo, Deerfield, Fairview, Home Brook, Loon Lake, McKinley, Pine River, Powers, Walden and Wilson.

  • House District 6A: Ben Davis, Republican.

House District 6A includes the cities of Crosslake, Manhattan Beach, Fifty Lakes, Emily, Crosby, Ironton and Deerwood, along with Fairfield, Ideal, Little Pine, Mission, Ross Lake, Perry Lake, Timothy and Wolford townships in Crow Wing County; and Ponto Lake Township in Cass County, among other Cass County communities. This district also includes part of Itasca County, including Grand Rapids and Cohasset

  • House District 6B: Doug Kern, Republican; Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa. The two Republicans will be on the Aug. 9 primary ballot to narrow the field to one candidate from that party. 

House District 6B includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the cities of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins and Breezy Point.

Judges

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  • 9th District, Court 6: Jerrod A. Shermoen (incumbent).
  • 9th District, Court 8: Eric Schieferdecker (incumbent).
  • 9th District, Court 16: Jeanine R. Brand (incumbent).
  • 9th District, Court 17: Corey A. Harbott (incumbent).
  • 9th District, Court 20: Donna K. Dixon (incumbent).
  • 9th District, Court 23: Kristine R. DeMay (incumbent).

U.S. Representative, District 8

  • Pete Stauber, Republican (incumbent); Jen Schultz, Democrat.
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