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Mayoral, school board races headline contested November 2022 election

All but one school district in Carlton County will have contested races for school board, according to candidate filings as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, Moose Lake Mayor Ted Shaw faces a challenge come November, and Joshua Kolodge and Ron Stigers are vying to be mayor of Scanlon.

Esko High School senior Charlotte Hansmeyer waits in line to vote in her first election at the Thomson Town Hall in Esko on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Hansmeyer was standing in line for about 30 minutes and still had another 30 minutes to go before she reached the front of the line. She said she was expecting a long wait because her mother voted earlier in the day and also stood in line for almost an hour before she could vote.
Samantha Erkkila / File / Duluth News Tribune
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CLOQUET — Incumbents across the county will be facing challengers to their positions come Nov. 8.

Here are the contested elections happening in cities, townships and school board across Carlton County, according to candidate filing information posted to the Minnesota Secretary of State website as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Incumbents running for re-election have (i) next to their names.

Candidates can withdraw from races by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

Races for the city of Cloquet and Carlton County had filing deadlines in May. Contested elections for those offices can be found at pinejournal.com.

Carlton City Council

Two seats available:


  • Brent Bodie (i)
  • Denise Colman Lyng (i)
  • David Sobczak

Carlton School District

Three seats available:

  • Skye Fleisch (Shanda)
  • Susan Karp (i)
  • Laura Nilsen
  • Jeremy "Sam" Ojibway (i)

Cloquet School District

Three seats available:

  • David Battaglia (i)
  • Jamie Graham
  • Gary "Hawk" Huard (i)
  • Ted Lammi (i)
  • Sarah Plante Buhs

Cromwell-Wright School District

Three seats available:

  • Thomas Anderson (i)
  • Shayne Korpela (i)
  • Faith Nyberg
  • Robert Bruce Schoenberg
  • Alisha Gail Soderbloom

Esko School District

Three seats available:

  • John Feely
  • Robert Johnson
  • Richard (Rich) Kresky
  • Russell Kurhajetz
  • Mark Nyholm
  • Todd Rengo (i)
  • Margaret "Maggie" Sunnarborg (i)

Holyoke Township Supervisor Seat A

  • Bruce Heikes
  • Linda McCuskey

Kettle River Mayor

  • Monique Doward
  • David Lucas (i)

Kettle River City Council

Two seats available:

  • Jesse L. Kemp
  • Miya Kohmetscher (i)
  • Elizabeth Mascarenas (i)

Moose Lake Mayor

  • Jim Michalski
  • Ted Shaw (i)

Moose Lake Township Supervisor Seat A

  • Philip Lattu (i)
  • Tracy Matuseski
  • Mark Vichorek

Moose Lake School District

Three seats available:

  • Steven Blondo (i)
  • Brenda Sue Heikkila
  • Donna Kirk
  • Julie Peterson (i)

Scanlon Mayor

  • Joshua J. Kolodge
  • Ron Stigers

Scanlon Council Member

Two seats available:

  • Michael (Mike) Berthiaume (i)
  • Cody Grashorn
  • Jesse Johnson
  • Marshall Johnson

Special election for Scanlon City Council

  • Jason Bartl (i)
  • Annette F. Bryant

Silver Brook Township Supervisor at large

Two seats available:


  • Duane Laveau (i)
  • Mike Tondryk
  • Randy Wolf (i)

Thomson Township Supervisor Seat A

  • John Bergman
  • Amna Hanson
  • Terry W. Hill (i)

Thomson Township Supervisor Seat B

  • Ruth Janke (i)
  • Parrish Silbernagel

Wrenshall School District

Three seats available:

  • Eric Ankrum
  • Cindy Bourn (i)
  • Mary Carlson
  • Randall Jack Eudy (i)
  • Benjamin Johnson*
  • Kristin Reinsch
  • Debra Washenesky (i)

*Ben Johnson is currently filling a seat temporarily on the Wrenshall School Board. He told the Pine Journal he anticipates the board member returning to her post before her term is up, which is why he is running for school board in November.

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