In Scandia, it’s going to be Maefsky versus Simonson: Part 3.
Incumbent Scandia Mayor Christine Maefsky will face former Mayor Randall Simonson on the Nov. 3 ballot, according to candidate filings with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.
Maefsky is seeking her third term as mayor. She defeated Simonson, who held the office from 2012-2016, to become the city’s first female mayor. She beat Simonson a second time in 2018.
Simonson is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and an active community member involved with helping to establish the Scandia Veterans Memorial. Maefsky is a co-owner of the Poplar Hills Dairy Goat Farm and is a retired elementary school teacher.
Candidates for the two seats on Scandia City Council include incumbent Steve Kronmiller, Greg Amundson, Heather Benson, James Gribble and Chris Johnson. Councilman Chris Ness has opted not to run again.
Marine on St. Croix
Marine’s longtime Mayor Glen Mills may be facing a legitimate challenge this November.
Mills and Kevin Nyenhuis have filed candidacy papers for the mayor.
Mills has served as the city’s mayor for more than 20 years and has often run unopposed. Mills’ most recent challenge, in 2014, came from a Scandia resident who garnered just 11 percent of the vote.
Nyenhuis is a marketing associate with Ashley Furniture Industries and has a background in marketing and graphic design.
Incumbent councilmen Bill Miller and Lon Pardun have both filed candidacy papers and will face challengers Larry Martin and Wendy Ward for two council seats.
Note: This information has been updated to reflect two additional candidates for Scandia City Council and two additional candidates for Marine on St. Croix City Council who filed after our print publication deadline.