Ward 4 race develops; Dietz unopposed; Little interest in School Board; Heaney, Peterson have challengers

Ward 4 race  develops; Dietz unopposed

• Of four seats on School Board, only one (Streinbrecher’s) will be challenged


by Jim Boyle


There will be a primary election for Elk River Ward 4 after Denny Chuba became the third person to throw his hat in the ring for that seat.

Paul Motin is seeking re-election to the Elk River City Council and Jennifer Wagner is also seeking the seat.

The primary is slated for Aug. 12.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz does not have a challenger for his re-election bid.

Two newcomers — Jerry Olsen and Garrett Christianson — are running for Ward 1, a seat currently held by Stewart Wilson, who replaced Nick Zerwas after his election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

One of the two Sherburne County Board of Commissioner seats up for election will have a race but no primaries.

Felix Schmiessing will run for District 4 unopposed, and Ewald Peterson, of Big Lake, will be challenged by Erv Danielowski, of Big Lake, for District 2.


Elk River Area School Board

Of four seats up on the Elk River Area School Board, only one will be contested.

Larry Farber, a former Elk River City Council member and Sherburne County commissioner, and incumbent Shane Steinbrecher filed for the District 1 seat on the Elk River Area School Board. District 1 includes part of Elk River and the northern reaches of the Elk River Area School District.

Elk River Area School Board Chairwoman Jane Bunting is running for District 2, the southerly election district, and does not have a challenger.

Nor does incumbent Tony Walter and Jamie Plantenberg-Selbitschka, who are each seeking one of two available at-large seats.

The filing period closed on June 3.

At-large School Board Member Jolene Jorgensen is not seeking re-election.


Sherburne County

Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney, of Elk River, will be challenged by Duwane Snyder, of Becker.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, Auditor-Treasurer Diane Arnold and Recorder Michelle Ashe are all seeking re-election but are unopposed.

The filing period for these four-year terms closed at the end of the business day on June 3.