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School and city filings give voters many choices

Voters will have plenty of decisions to make come election time this November.

Not only will they be voting for a new Minnesota governor, but locally, they will cast their ballots for several county positions, as well as for city council and school board.

The filing period for the city and school races closed on Tuesday and a total of 12 people tossed their hats in the ring - six of those are incumbents.

Here's a look at who filed:

School board

There are four members up for re-election on the school board - Dean Anderson (position 3), who currently serves as chair, Alan Zeithamer (position 2), Judy Florell (position 4) and Jean Robley (position 5).

Carol Gaffaney with School District 206 said Anderson, Zeithamer and Robley have all refiled for their positions. Florell did not refile.

Three people have filed for position 4 - Sara Reemts, Sandy Susag and Laura Knudsen.

City council

There are three seats open on the city council and all three current members have filed - Cindy Bigger, Ward 1; Sara Carlson, Ward 2; and Dave Benson, Ward 4.

According to Alexandria City Administrator Jim Taddei, all three incumbents have refiled - two will face challengers.

Virgil Batesole and Don Kleine have both filed for Ward 1 and will go up against Bigger.

Steve Hensley filed for Ward 4, against Benson.

Watch next Wednesday's Echo Press to learn more about each of the 12 candidates and why they are running.

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