Candidate filing period closes, primary elections in three local races

There will be primary elections for three local seats this August.

Another city council member filed for the Bemidji City Council at-large seat.

Current Ward 1 representative Audrey Thayer is joining Ward 3’s Ron Johnson in challenging incumbent Dan Jourdain for the seat.

A fourth candidate also filed for the seat, Pam Dreyer.

Beltrami County District 2 has five candidates vying for the seat with no incumbent to challenge.

The current commissioner, Reed Olson, running as the DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota House 2A.

Candidates for Beltrami District 2 are Adam Bommersbach, Joe Gould, Darren Tobey; and two members of the Bemidji Charter Commission, Don Heinonen and James Ravnikar.

Three candidates filed to be the next Beltrami County Sheriff: Jason Riggs, Jarrett Walton and Bidal Duran.

Bemidji Now’s “Meet the Candidates” series will return ahead of this year’s primary.

Former Bemidji Fire Chief David Hoefer is challenging incumbent Emelie Rivera for the Ward 4 seat this November.

No challengers filed for the Ward 2 seat, with incumbent Josh Peterson the sole candidate.

For Beltrami County Board of Commissioners, Mark Morrissey is challenging incumbent first-term commissioner Craig Gaasvig for District 1.

Brian Merschman is challenging long-time commissioner Richard Anderson for District 3.

Anderson’s been on the board since 2011, elected to fill the late Jim Heltzer’s remaining term, and has won elections in both 2014 and 2018 unopposed.

Joseph Neft is challenging three-term incumbent Tim Sumner for District 4.

With no incumbent to challenge in District 5, Sandy Hennum and John Carlson will vie for the seat.

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