Two Harbors at-large seat requires primary
Three candidates have filed for at-large Two Harbors City Council seat being vacated by Jerry Norberg at the end of the year, meaning the candidates will face a primary Aug. 14 — the only local race that will require one in 2018.
Zachary Anderson, Joel Schultz and Jackie Rennwald will face off in the primary election Aug. 14, with the top two vote recipients moving on to the general election Nov. 6.
Anderson is a Two Harbors native who works as the food and beverage manager at Lakeview National Golf Course in Two Harbors. He previously made an unsuccessful bid for the Ward 1 council seat in 2014.
Schultz, who moved to Two Harbors more than three years ago, is the business development manager at Pure Driven, a marketing agency in Two Harbors.
Rennwald moved to Two Harbors 17 years ago with her husband. She is the board co-chairperson for the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf and homeschooled her son through the sixth grade.
In the other contested seat on the Two Harbors City Council, Ward 1 incumbent Miles Woodruff will face off against political newcomer Uriah Hefter.
Woodruff, who is finishing his first term as a councilor and grew up in Two Harbors, works for Superior Fuel Co. refueling boats and trains on the Two Harbors docks.
Hefter is the corporate chef for Vanilla Bean Group, which includes Vanilla Bean restaurants in Two Harbors and Duluth as well as the Boat Club restaurant and Vanilla Bean Coffee Shop in Duluth's Fitger's complex. Hefter moved to Two Harbors seven years ago from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., and has never pursued a political office before.
The only other candidate in Lake County facing a challenger is Lake County's District 1 Commissioner Peter Walsh. He has lived in Crystal Bay Township for more than 40 years and is seeking his third term.
Walsh is being challenged by Joseph Baltich of Fall Lake Township.
Baltich is the owner and operator of North Wind Lodge near Jasper Lake and is converting the Red Rock Wilderness outdoor supply store into the Fernberg Gallery for local artists. He previously served as mayor of Ely and also on the Ely City Council until 1994. He moved to Lake County in 1997.
Candidates running unopposed
Benjamin Redden, owner of Ben Redden Transport in Two Harbors, filed to run for the Ward 2 Two Harbors City Council seat being vacated by Frank McQuade.
Lake County Commissioner Jeremy Hurd is seeking his second term representing District 4. He is a Two Harbors native and is a partner at the law firm Ordman Nord & Hurd in Duluth.
Lake County attorney Russ Conrow is seeking election after being appointed to the position in April 2017 following Laura Auron's retirement. Conrow previously served as county attorney from for two terms, but left in 2010. Conrow was in private practice in the interim.
Lori Ekstrom is seeking re-election as Lake County recorder after being appointed in 2016 upon the retirement of Erica Koski.
Linda Libal filed to run for reelection for a second term as Lake County auditor. A Two Harbors native, Libal previously worked as an accountant for 22 years in the Lake County Highway Department.
Finally, Carey Johnson is seeking his fourth term as Lake County sheriff. Johnson grew up in Two Harbors and has worked for 32 years as a law enforcement officer, including 22 years in the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
The candidate filing period for Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, the Lake Superior School District Board and other municipalities not requiring primaries is July 31 to Aug. 14.