Two challenge Johnston in Lake Elmo mayor’s race

Incumbent Lake Elmo Mayor Dean Johnston faces two challengers, one a current city councilman, as filings continued this week for school board and city elections that do not have primary elections.
Lake Elmo City Councilman Mike Pearson and resident Nicholas Duffy filed this week to challenge Johnston. Johnston filed for another mayoral term last week.
In the Lake Elmo City Council race, Councilman Brett Emmons and resident Greg Hall filed for the two at-large seats up in the Nov. 6 election.
Bayport Mayor Susan St. Ores filed for another term this week, and so far has no challengers. No one has yet filed for the two at-large Bayport City Council seats up for election.
In Lakeland, Asia Bednar filed for one of the two at-large city council seats on the fall ballot. She joins Amy Williams, who filed for the council last week.
Andrew Lapos and Lon Pardun filed as candidates for the Marine on St. Croix City Council seat up for election, while Bill Miller remains the lone candidate in a special election to fill a second Marine council seat.
In the Oak Park Heights City Council election, Michael (Mike) Runk filed for one of the two at-large council spots on the ballot. Chuck Dougherty, owner of The Water Street Inn in Stillwater, filed for the council race last week.
And in Independent School District No. 834, incumbents Chairman George Dierberger and Vice Chairman Mike Ptacek filed to retain their seats on the board. They join fellow incumbent board member Kathy Buchholz in the election to fill three at-large board seats.
Filing for school board and city elections that do not need primaries ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday.