Forest Lake voters to pick three Tuesday

Mayor, two council positions on the ballot in general election


Deputy Clerk Chantal Doriott, center, goes over technical details with election judges Janice Ochs and Debby Feist during last Thursday’s public demonstration of the voting equipment. Feist will be head judge and Ochs the assistant in Precinct 3 on Tuesday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Clint Riese
News Editor

Three seats in the Forest Lake government are on the line in contested races on the ballot in the general election set for next Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Three candidates are running for mayor, while four are in the running to fill two council seats. At least one new face is assured a win, as Councilwoman Jackie McNamara did not run for a second term.

Attorney Chris Johnson, 7381 208th St. Ct. N., seeks a second term as mayor. He was elected to the open seat in 2010, defeating McNamara by 475 votes. Challenging Johnson this year are Bruce Anderson, 9505 North Shore Tr., and Brian Hile, 1440 SE 4th St. #315.

Tree trimmer and trapper Jim Dufour, 1531 SE 9th Ave., is seeking a second term on the City Council. He was elected in 2008, when he garnered the second-most votes out of four candidates for two seats. The other council candidates are Ed Eigner of 21221 Everton Ave. N., Jeff Klein of 22710 Ideal Ave. N. and Ben Winnick of 20555 Ingersoll Ave. N.

In Forest Lake, the mayor serves a two-year term at an annual salary of $6,500. Council members serve four-year terms at an annual salary of $5,500.

Precinct sites are as follows:

• Precinct 1, Forest Lake City Hall, 220 N. Lake St.

• Precinct 2, St. Peter’s Church, 1250 South Shore Dr.

• Precinct 3, Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Dr.

• Precinct 4, Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail N.

• Precinct 5, Washington County Service Center, 19955 Forest Rd. N.

Residents in Precinct 4 should note the change in location. Voting used to be held at Hosanna, and will now return there after being held at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, which is outside of the precinct’s boundaries.

“A few years ago there was a fire at Hosanna so we had to move to Forest Hills,” said Deputy Clerk Chantal Doriott. “With redistricting, we felt it was a good time to move back into the precinct and back to Hosanna.”

Approximately 60 judges have been trained and will staff the precincts on Tuesday. Head judges are paid $12 per hour and the other judges earn $11 per hour.

Forest Lake’s election results will be canvassed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at city hall.

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