Collins, Flodstrom running for mayor; five seeking council seats

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Tuesday, Nov. 7, City of Benson voters will go to the polls to elect a new mayor and two members to the council.

Council Member Terri Collins is running for mayor along with Anita Flodstrom.

Current Mayor Gary Landmark is not seeking re-election to a second term. He served 24 years as a member of the city council and is completing his first two-year term as mayor.

There are five candidates seeking election to the council: Incumbent Jack Evenson, Mark Schreck, Brad Johnson, Terry Flodstrom and Larry Smith. Council Member Stephanie Heinzig also is not seeking re-election. Council members serve four-year terms.

If Collins is elected mayor, she will continue to serve in her city council seat until Jan. 2 when she would be sworn in as mayor. At that point, there would be a vacancy on the council. The city council would then decide whether to conduct a special election to fill the seat or it could appoint someone to fill the remaining two years in Collin’s term.

If Collins loses the mayoral election, she would continue to serve as a member of the council for another two years.

The fifth member of the council is Lucas Olson who won his seat in a special election Jan. 10 to complete the three years left in Jonathon Pogge-Weaver’s term.

Evenson is the owner of JAX of Benson and K-Bid. He was first elected in 2013.

Johnson is the Benson Elementary Schools principal.

Schreck is the owner of Benson Body. He served 10 years as the Benson’s fire chief before stepping down from the position earlier this year. He continues on the fire department where he is in his 36th year. He joined the department in January 1981.

Smith is a local businessman who has made unsuccessful runs for both the city council and the District 777 Board of Education in the past couple years.

Johnson and Smith also sought election to the council in the special election in January, but finished behind Olson. He received 95 vote beating Johnson who received 47 votes, Mike Fugleberg with 42 votes and Smith with 37.

Benson’s City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month with meetings generally lasting between a half hour and one-and-a-half hours. Members of the council also serve on advisory boards and commissions that include the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Authority, the Swift County-Benson Health Services governing board, the Park Board, Planning Commission, Cemetery Board and Airport Commission.

Candidates for the council were given a questionnaire to fill out with the following answers submitted. Smith did not complete a questionnaire. Terry Flodstrom did not submit a photo.

 

For the answers to questionnaires, pick up a copy of the October 25, 2017 edition of the Monitor-News. To conitnue following this story, and to keep up on all the latest news, subscribe to the Swift County Monitor-News print edition or our PDF internet edition. Call 320-843-4111 and you can get all the local news and sports delivered to you!
 

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