Busy first filing day kick-starts election 2012

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May 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - Tuesday marked the first day candidates for elected office in Minnesota could file their intentions to run and many candidates did just that.

St. Cloud Republican State Senator John Pederson filed for re-election in Senate District 14, which covers St. Cloud, Waite Park, and St. Augusta. DFL endorsed Jerry McCarter of St. Cloud will be the opponent in that race.

On the city level, Sauk Rapids councilman Brad Gunderson filed to run for mayor. He's been on the council since 2006. Sauk Rapids Mayor Dave Saunders is not running for re-election. Sartell City Council member Sandra Cordie, appointed last year, will run for election.

County commission hopefuls also took advantage of the first filing day.

Stearns County Commission incumbents DeWayne Mareck, Mark Bromenschenkel, Jeff Mergen and Leigh Lenzmeier all filed for re-election.

Meanwhile in Sherburne County, two county commissioners Felix Schmiesing and Rachel Leonard made their re-election intentions official.

Finally, in Benton County, incumbent commissioners Jim McMahon and Warren Peschl will both seek another term.

Many more hopeful office-holders are expected to submit their official paperwork in the coming days.

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