West End elections and annual meetings on Tuesday, March 11

Elections will be held for town clerk and a supervisor in each of the West End townships on Tuesday, March 11, with polls opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 8 p.m., in time for the township annual meetings. Not all of the townships have candidates on the ballots however.

In Lutsen, current Clerk Silviya Duclos and Supervisor Marland Hansen did not file for re-election.  No one else filed for election, so Lutsen voters will face a ballot with two spaces for write-in candidates. On Tuesday, March 11, Andrew Beavers announced that he has decided to run as a write-in candidate for supervisor.

If no one is elected and agrees to serve, the town board can appoint a citizen to fill the vacant positions. For the clerk position, Amity Goettl is the township deputy clerk and she can temporarily fulfill the duties of town clerk.

A possible write-in candidate suggested by some Lutsen citizens is former Lutsen Supervisor Diane Parker. The Cook County News-Herald contacted Parker to see if she was willing to serve, but Parker said she really didn’t have the time. Parker is a volunteer on a number of other boards and committees.

Parker said she thought someone would win the election as a write-in, but said if no one was elected or willing to be appointed for one year, she would be willing to go back on the town board. “From what I understand, the town has to have three supervisors. Rather than let the township dissolve, in order to preserve the township, I would accept the appointment—but only for one year.”

In Tofte, Clerk Barb Gervais said she is interested in continuing to serve as town clerk and her name will be on the Tofte ballot. She is running unopposed.

Incumbent Supervisor Allan “D.C.” Olsen did not file for re-election and two people are vying for that vacant supervisor seat. Judy Motschenbacher filed for election during the filing period and her name will be on the ballot with Gervais. Another candidate, Jeanne Larson, has announced her intentions to run as a write-in candidate.

The News-Herald reached both candidates by phone and asked why they decided to run for the Tofte town board and their answers are in this week’s issue.

In Schroeder, the incumbent Town Clerk Doug Schwecke and Supervisor Roger “Bill” McKeever are both running for reelection, however, they both have expressed willingness to step down if anyone else was willing to serve.

As of press time on Thursday, March 6, no other candidates had come forward.