Meet the Candidates for Local Office
Tuesday was the final day for Minnesotans seeking office to file their campaigns,
Both incumbent and aspiring public officials visited their nearest filing location today to officially launch their general election campaigns ahead of Tuesday's 5 PM deadline.
With Mayor Eric Anderson not seeking re–election, the City of Mankato is in search of a new mayor.
Six candidates have filed to enter the race; Honey Burg, Bukata Hayes, Shari Kagermeier, Toby Leonard, Najwa Massad and Nick Tracy make up the current field for that race.
Three Mankato City Council spots are also up for grabs, current council member Karen Foreman is running unopposed in Ward 1.
Ward 3 incumbent Mark Frost faces two challengers, Fardousa Jama and Aronn Oakland.
Trudy Kunkel with vacate her seat on the council representing Ward 5.
Jessica Hatanpa, Tyler Meihak–True and Taryn Surdy are all vying for Kunkel's spot.
Two–term DFL State Rep. Jack Considine will face republican challenger Joe Steck for the District 19B race which represents Mankato.
Up the hill in North Mankato, State Rep. Clark Johnson is retiring at the end of his term, leaving his seat in the House open. DFL candidate Jeff Brand and Republican candidate Kim Spears have both filed to potentially replace Johnson for District 19A.
North Mankato will also hold mayoral elections this year but that filing deadline isn't until August 14, the same day as primary elections across Minnesota.
November 6 is the day to vote in the general election this year.
----KEYC News 12