Motin to run for re-election; Wilson not planning on bid

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Two four-year council seats are up for election in Elk River this fall.

Council Member Paul Motin said he is running for re-election in Ward 4.

In Ward 1, Council Member Stewart Wilson said, “At this juncture, I’m not planning to seek election.”

Wilson was appointed to the City Council in February 2013 to complete Nick Zerwas’ council term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Zerwas had resigned after being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Motin, meanwhile, was first elected to the City Council in 1998.

Motin said the city has been doing a lot as the area recovers from the Great Recession. But there is more planning still to do that he wants to be part of, including determining how a large gravel mining area in northern Elk River will ultimately be developed and overseeing the build out of the city’s new Nature’s Edge Business Center located near Highway 10 and 171st Avenue.

Motin said he really enjoys being on the City Council has still has the passion to help out and serve.

Filings for the two council seats open May 20 and close June 3.