Early voting for special Ward 5 election begins next week

Early voting for the first special election to fill the Ward 5 Bemidji seat will begin next week.

Five candidates are vying for the seat once held by long-time council member Nancy Erickson before her resignation nine months into her fourth term.

Lynn Eaton, Bill Batchelder, Don Heinonen, Micaiah Graham and Kevin Campbell all submitted their affidavits of candidacy during the filing period that closed last week.

Mail-in ballots will be available on request, early voting in-person will be from Dec. 27 through Feb. 7 at City Hall.

Northwest Technical College is the polling place for the special election on Feb. 8.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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