West End election filing period open until January 15
Although township elections are not held until March, the
time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file
is now. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the
townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opened January 1 and will
close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an
election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two
Lutsen supervisor undecided
In Lutsen, the incumbents are Treasurer John Groth and Supervisor Joe
Buttweiler. Contacted by phone, Groth, who has served as Lutsen
treasurer since 2004 said he has filed and hopes to continue to serve
as township treasurer.
At press time Buttweiler said he was undecided.
To file for office in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Silviya Duclos at
Schroeder incumbents file for reelection
Both of the Schroeder incumbents—Treasurer Alisha Kangas and
Supervisor Tina McKeever said they would run again. Reached at press
time, they each said they had filed their intent to run for reelection
at the town meeting on January 8.
McKeever is running for her second term as supervisor. “I would like
to keep at it,” she said. “During the first term you are just kind of
getting your feet wet.”
To file for office in Schroeder, contact Town Clerk Doug Schwecke at
Tofte treasurer stepping down
Tofte may see a change on its board. Incumbent Supervisor Jim King
said he would like to continue his service on the town board and said
he would be paying his filing fee at the upcoming Tofte meeting.
Tofte Treasurer Mary Jane Huggins said she is ready to step down. The
owner of Tall Tale Yarn Shop in Tofte, Huggins said the shop is
keeping her too busy. And, she added, the treasurer position has
become much more complicated than when she was first elected clerk.
However another Huggins—Mary Jane’s husband—Bill Huggins has decided
to run for the position. Huggins previously served as Tofte Supervisor
and was a member of the school board of School District 166. Bill
Huggins said that now he is retired, he feels he has the time to
devote to the treasurer position. “I know it’s hard to find anyone to
take over,” he said. “So I thought I would give it a try.”
To file for office in Tofte, contact Town Clerk Barb Gervais at (218)
663-7315 or (218) 370-0763.
A non-refundable fee of $2 is charged at the time of filing. Township
elections are held the third Tuesday of March. The 2013 election will
be March 19.