With primary voting underway for a number of state and county elections, five candidates have now filed to run for positions on the Fergus Falls City Council.
Two incumbents, one former council member, and two newcomers have filed with the city as of Aug. 5.
Scott Kvamme (Ward 2), an incumbent whose term expires in December of this year has filed paperwork to run for re-election, former council member Scott Rachels has filed for Ward 4 and Nate Kunde has filed for Ward 3.
Krista Hagberg, Ward 1 incumbent has also filed to run for reelection, as her term also expires in December.
Kunde is the operations manager at Otter Tail Power, and is originally from Rugby, ND.
Scott Rachels is a local business owner and served on the council from 2011 to 2018. Rachels owns and operates Scott’s Machine Shop on Pebble Lake Road.
Newcomer Spencer McGrew has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge for the Ward 4 seat. McGrew is currently the Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist for Otter Tail County.
Incumbents that have not filed yet include Justin Arneson for Ward 3, and Karoline Gustafson for Ward 4.
Assistant to the City Administrator, Lynne Olson announced via a press release that council candidate filing is underway at Fergus Falls City Hall through an Aug. 16 deadline. All council positions are for four year terms.
Statewide, primary elections began with mail-in ballots, or in person June 24 going until Aug. 8. Primary election day is Aug. 9.
Offices up for reelection include U. S. House of Representatives for District 7, one state senator for Senate District 9, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General
County offices include the Second District County Commissioner District seat
The Otter Tail County elections portal states that polls will open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2022, except for the following:
Aastad Township 10 A.M
Amor Township 8 A.M.
Blowers Township 10 A.M.
Bluffton Township 8 A.M.
Butler Township 9 A.M.
Carlisle Township 10 A.M.
Eagle Lake Township 10 A.M.
Effington Township 10 A.M.
Elmo Township 10 A.M.
Folden Township 10 A.M.
Homestead Township 10 A.M.
Inman Township 8 A.M.
Leaf Mountain Township 10 A.M.
Maplewood Township 10 A.M.
Norwegian Grove Township 10 A.M.
Oak Valley Township 10 A.M.
Orwell Township 10 A.M.
Oscar Township10 A.M.
Paddock Township 10 A.M.
Star Lake Township 10 A.M.
Trondhjem Township 10 A.M.
Western Township10 A.M.
Woodside Township 10 A.M.
Mail Ballot Precincts
More info about the primary election is available online at ottertailcountymn.us/notice-of-primary-election-2022.