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Five seek mayor's job in Crookston

CROOKSTON--Voters in Crookston have of five candidates, including to City Council members, to be their next mayor. Wayne Melbye, who was appointed as mayor in 2017, chose not to run for the job. City Council members Clayton Briggs, who has repres...

CROOKSTON-Voters in Crookston have of five candidates, including to City Council members, to be their next mayor.

Wayne Melbye, who was appointed as mayor in 2017, chose not to run for the job.

City Council members Clayton Briggs, who has represented Ward 3 since 2015, and Dale Stainbrook, who has been in Ward 5 seat since 2008, will face Dean Adams, Dana Johnson and Guy Martin for the mayoral role.

Stainbrook's and Briggs' seats are not up until 2020, but if one of them is elected mayor, the City Council would have to appoint a resident to fill the vacancy, Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen previously told the Herald.

Johnson and Martin have also served on the City Council at various times in the past few decades.

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Briggs, who was born and raised in Crookston, said as mayor he would want to continue improving on what the city is already doing, including bringing more businesses to the city and also helping grow businesses that are already in the city.

Stainbrook, who also ran for mayor four years ago, said he feels that he has the experience for the job and has sat on many committees during his time on the council. As mayor he would like to make sure families have access to affordable housing and day care.

Johnson, who works at the Polk County Justice Center, said she decided to run because she wanted to "give back to the community." She also wants to bring more transparency to the city and change how the City Council interacts with the public. Johnson previously served on the council for about six years.

Martin has served on the City Council three times in the past few decades. He said he decided to run for the position of mayor because he wants to "give back" to the city. Martin said he is a "conservative, fair and balanced candidate" who would spend residents' tax dollars as if they were his own.

Adams wants to help Crookston go in a "different direction" that includes a more "business-friendly atmosphere," he said. While he has not served on the council previously, the small business owner said he has been involved with various endeavors in Crookston for several years.

Other seats

The council's at-large seat is also up for grabs this year after council member Bob Quanrud decided not to seek re-election this year. There are also five candidates running for the spot. The at-large seat represents the entire city.

Tom Vedbraaten, who currently represents Ward 6 and has decided to forgo a bid for re-election in that district, will face off against Kelly Shea, Dylane Klatt, Joe Kresl and Trent Brekken.

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Ward 4, a seat held by one-term council member Dennis Regan, has two contestants - Donald Cavalier and Sharon Lewis. Regan will not seek re-election.

Ward 2 council member Steve Erickson is the lone candidate in his bid for re-election. Cindy Gjerswold is running unopposed for Ward 6.

Related Topics: ELECTION 2018
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