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Candidates fill city council, town board races

With the filing period near its close, the candidates running for Cottage Grove City Council, Newport City Council and Grey Cloud Island Town Board have continued to grow.

The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 14.  

These candidates will be on the Nov. 6 ballot:

Cottage Grove

The two incumbents — Steve Dennis and Dave Thiede — filed for re-election last week, as well as Evan Kolstoe, Dwayne Brauch, Chad Poitra and Jerret Wright.

Jeff Mack, 56, recently added his name to the race on Aug. 10.

A 15-year-Cottage Grove resident, Mack is an Army veteran who has worked for Delta Airlines doing information technology work for 30 years.

"I decided to participate, and shape the community and address people's concerns," he said.

He especially wants to concentrate on keeping Cottage Grove business-friendly so they will want to stay in the community.

"I've seen us grow in leaps and bounds," he said. "It's going great here, so I might as well be part of the solution."


Current City Council members Tracy Rahm and Roz Johnson have both opted against filing for election this year, leaving two seats up for grabs.

Tom Ingemann, Nathan Knox and Anita Wasmundt have filed to fill the seats.

Anita Wasmundt, 60, was the latest candidate to file for a City Council seat Aug. 6.

She has lived in Newport for eight years, but said she recently started attending City Council meetings, hoping to get more involved. Becoming a candidate was the next step.

"Community is important to me, and this is a way to be involved with the community," Wasmundt said. "To be there ... is a better way to be involved."

She said family is also important to her, and spends a lot of time with her daughter and two grandchildren.

Working as a tech supporter for mainframe computers, Wasmundt fills her time outside of work with volunteer work, including at the Newport Library.

Ingemann is a former City Council member and retired Newport assistant fire chief.

Knox has been attending City Council meetings for the past year or so and decided to throw his hat in the ring.

Grey Cloud Island Township

Current Town Clerk Elizabeth Bell will be retiring from the position at the end of the year, but her deputy town clerk is ready to step in.

Cheryl McColley, who has been shadowing Bell to learn the job, filed for the seat Aug. 9.

"There's a lot to learn," she said. "But I find it interesting."

McColley retired from her information technology job six years ago, and moved with her husband to Grey Cloud Island Township a few years before that.

"We enjoy it down here," she said. "It's very nice, we love the people."

McColley met Bell four years ago when she was volunteering as an election judge. She eventually became deputy town clerk from there and is now running for the town clerk seat.

A supervisor seat, currently filled by Paul Schoenecker, is also up for election. Schoenecker has filed for re-election to the seat.

He said the township is in the middle of a lot of work right now that he would like to see through, such as the solar garden that recently broke ground, the opening of the Grey Cloud Bridge and the cooperative agreements with the county and neighboring cities.

"There's a lot to go around and I'd hate to step out in the middle of the work," Schoenecker said.

"There's a lot of work to do in the township, and I feel it's really important," he added. "I've been doing it for a long time, and think I know what the residents are searching for."