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Candidates for local offices make deadline

The filing period for state and local offices — only those that could require primary elections in August — ended Tuesday, May 31.

While a number of incumbent candidates will face no challengers, the Cloquet mayor’s race will feature incumbent Roger Maki and former Cloquet city councilor David Bjerkness. Another former city councilor and retired police officer, Erik Blesener, is challenging Bun Carlson for the Ward 1 seat. Sheriff Kelly Lake is also facing a challenger: Jason Syrett filed to run for sheriff.

It appears only one race in Carlton County will require a primary on Aug. 9: the State Senate District 11 DFL race. Two people have filed to represent the DFL party for the state senate seat: John A. Peura and Michelle Boyechko.

The filing period for local races that don’t hold primaries (including all Carlton County school boards, townships and many of the smaller cities) runs Aug. 2-16.

City of Cloquet


Roger Maki (i)

David Bjerkness

Cloquet city Council

Ward 1

Warren “Bun” Carlson (i)

Erik J Blesener

Ward 2

Sheila Lamb (i)

Ward 3

Chris Swanson (i)

County commissioner

District 2

Marv Bodie (i)

District 4

Mark Thell (i)

Susan Zmyslony


Kelly Lake (i)

Jason Syrett

County attorney

Lauri Ketola (i)


District 2

Tim L. Michaelson (i)

District 3

Robert Fox (i)

State Senate District 11

Jason Rarick-Republican (i)

John A. Peura-DFL

Michelle Boyechko-DFL

State Rep. District 11A

Pete Radosevich-DFL

Jeff Dotseth-Republican