Two more enter race for Bemidji Councillor at-large

Two more filed for the Bemidji Councillor at-large position, with three in total that have filed two days into the filing period.

Linda Lemmer and former councillor at-large Dave Larson submitted their affidavits of candidacy yesterday. Daniel Jourdain submitted his affidavit Tuesday.

With more than two in the race, the initial special election will serve as a primary, but will fall on the General Election Day in November.

According to statute, “a special election held in a city or town must be held on one of the following dates: the second Tuesday in February, the second Tuesday in April, the second Tuesday in May, the second Tuesday in August, or the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”

After the special primary election, the secondary election would then fall on Feb. 9, 2021, so the at-large position on the council will be empty until the victor is sworn in.

Swearing in would likely happen during the regular Bemidji City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, since the third Monday of the month is Presidents Day.

Filing is open until Tuesday, August 11.

More information on filing is available on the city of Bemidji’s website.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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