Four council member file for three seats up for election this year

Four council members filed for three seats up for election this year on the Bemidji City Council.

Longtime Ward 3 council member Ron Johnson, who was drawn out of the ward under the city’s redistricting process, is challenging incumbent Dan Jourdain for the at large seat.

Jourdain, a first-time council member, is filling the vacancy created in 2020 by the late Jim “Doc” Thompson’s decision to leave the council in the summer of 2020.

Ward 2’s Josh Peterson is also filling a vacancy created earlier in 2020 upon the resignation of Mike Beard.

Both Jourdain and Peterson are running to keep their seats for regular four-year terms.

Ward 4 incumbent Emelie Rivera also submitted an affidavit of candidacy for a second four-year term.

Candidate filing closes on May 31.

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