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The candidate roster is set for open Two Harbors and county seats. The filing period ended Tuesday.

Two Harbors councilors and Lake County officials had to file by June 3 to secure a place on the November ballot. School district, Silver Bay and Beaver Bay candidates don’t file until later this summer.

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In Two Harbors, Mary Henjum Rosati will challenge Jerry Norberg for one of two at-large city council seats. Henjum Rosati, a former teacher, previously served on the council for 12 years. She didn’t run for re-election in 2012, opting instead to set her sights on the office of mayor. She was not successful in ousting the incumbent, Randy Bolen. Norberg, a former deputy sheriff, was first elected to the council in 2010.

Two Harbors’ Ward 1 will have a new council representative next year. Current councilor and local businessman Seth McDonald didn’t file for reelection. Instead, Miles Woodruff will be on the ballot, running unopposed. Woodruff has lived in Two Harbors most of his life and works on the ore docks in Two Harbors, employed by Superior Fuel.

Roger Simonson will be challenged just two years after taking over the Ward 2 seat in Two Harbors. He originally took the position after Chris Swanson stepped down in 2012, just two years into his four-year term. Simonson then ran in a special election to secure his position on the council. This year, with seat back on the regular election cycle, Simonson had to renew his bid.

Clover Valley resident Jacob Nelson has stepped forward to challenge Simonson. A graduate of Two Harbors High School, Nelson is now an electrician at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay.

All county officials except for auditor/treasurer will be running unopposed. Jeremy Hurd is the only candidate for the Lake County District 4 seat. Last year he ran for the position in a special election after the passing of Commissioner Paul Bergman. Pete Walsh, who won his District 1 seat after Commissioner Tom Clifford retired in 2012, will also run unopposed. Recorder Erica Koski, Sheriff Carey Johnson and County Attorney Laura Auron, will likely retain their posts as no one came forward to challenge them in November.

As for the Soil and Water Supervisors, Ron Brodigan is the only candidate for District 2 and Todd Ronning is running unopposed for District 3.

After a retirement and dramatic year, the auditor/treasurer position will be filled this fall.

Interim auditor/treasurer Lola Haus will be challenged by Linda Libal, the highway accountant for the county.

The position wasn’t expected to be on the ballot this fall – commissioners approved a resolution to change the way the seat is filled, transitioning from an elected to an appointed position this spring. However, a number of county constituents opposed the change and filed a petition to put the question to a referendum. County residents will vote this fall as to whether they want to continue to elect the auditor/treasurer or have the position hired by county officials. The referendum will not affect this fall’s race but the decision will be applied in the future.

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LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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