Who should run for mayor and city council? How about school board and county board?

Northfield City Council
On our podcast earlier this week, we began spreading rumors about candidates for Northfield City Council this fall… people who either might be considering filing or who are being lobbied to run for council or mayor by others. Since then, I’ve heard a few more names.

  • Betsey Buckheit
  • Dana Graham
  • Dave Hvistendahl
  • Dave Maroney
  • Dixon Bond
  • Jane McWilliams
  • Jessica Peterson
  • Jim Pokorney
  • Ken Malecha
  • Kris Vohs
  • Lee Lansing
  • Noah Cashman
  • Ray Cox
  • Scott Davis

Expiring terms:

  • Lee Lansing — Mayor
  • Kris Vohs — At-Large
  • Scott Davis — Second Ward
  • Arnie Nelson — Third Ward

Who else would you like to see run for council/mayor?  Attach a comment. In a week or so, I’ll create a straw poll.

According to this positions open/candidates needed page on the LWV site:


OPEN SEATS: 2nd Ward, 3rd Ward, one At Large
FILING PERIOD: July 1-15, 2008
(last date to withdraw, July 17)
WHERE TO FILE: Northfield City Hall
801 Washington Street
(If more than 2 file for one seat)


FILING PERIOD: July 1-15, 2008
(last date to withdraw, July 17)
WHERE TO FILE: Northfield City Hall
801 Washington Street
(If more than 2 file)


  1. Jerry Bilek said:

    Our next mayor:
    – Brendon Etter: Less Stupider Than You Might Think

    the slogan of a winning campaign!

    July 15, 2008
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    3 more candidates for mayor filed just before 5pm:

    Lee Lansing
    Jon Denison
    James Schlicting

    July 15, 2008
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Here’s the final list, though candidates have 2 days to withdraw their names:


    David Hvistendahl
    Paul Hager
    Mary Rossing
    Eduardo Wolle
    Jon Denison
    James Schlicting
    Lee Lansing

    2nd Ward

    Betsey Buckheit
    Jerold Friedman

    3rd Ward

    Alan Lindberg
    Erica Zweifel
    Don McGee


    Kris Vohs
    David DeLong
    Dana Graham

    July 15, 2008
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    I got this email attachment from James Schlichting:

    I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Northfield because I want to bring calm to city politics. My intention is to balance and promote job growth while preserving Northfield’s special “micropolitian” flavor. I believe that success at city hall depends on relationships—reasonable people can disagree; however, reasonable people do not have to be disagreeable. My hope is to restore working relationships among all community stakeholders.

    My background in our community is as a trustee on the Northfield Hospital Board, a trustee with St. John’s Foundation, a member of Rotary, the former president of ArtOrg, and a former director of The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve. Additionally, I am a volunteer mediator with Rice County Dispute Resolution and I do pro-bono work for Legal Aid.

    At the age of 16, I learned to be self-reliant when I had to operate one of the grain combines on the family farm and assist in managing the livestock when my father, John Schlichting was hospitalized for two months. I learned at an early age that I liked challenges and running for Mayor of Northfield certainly qualifies as a challenge.

    I grew up in southern Minnesota, attended St. Olaf College, served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy and I practice business, real estate and family law in Albert Lea and Northfield. I devote part of my practice to alternative dispute resolution: mediation, early neutral evaluations, and collaborative law. These are all cooperative processes that help restore civility to personal and professional relationships.

    For more information about my candidacy please see my website: http://www.SchlichtingforMayor.com. I am interested in your opinions, comments, cheers and jeers about Northfield politics—send an email to: talktome@schlichtingformayor.com and let’s talk about a comprehensive plan for growth and positive change for our city.

    July 15, 2008
  5. Tried to email Mr. Schlichting, and it bounced back, from his site, not my typing.

    July 15, 2008
  6. Griff Wigley said:

    Same thing happened to me, Bright. James, fire your tech staff!

    July 15, 2008
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    Nfld News has a new story for today’s paper: Four more file for mayor on last day.

    The previous two stories have been ‘buried’, ie, the links still work (comment #157 above) but they’re not visible from the home/news page.

    The sidebar on that page has the complete listing of candidates who filed for the other races:


    Kevin Budig
    Diane Cirksena
    Robert Hardy
    Katy Hargis
    Ellen R. Iverson
    Anne Maple
    Peter Millin
    Jeff Quinnell


    Matt Drevlow
    Jacob G. Gillen


    Milt Plaisance
    F. John Rowan


    Jerry Anderson
    Gary Bruggenthies
    Jeff Docken
    Mike Piper


    Craig Altendorfer
    Dean Birnstengel
    Joseph A. Harris
    Doug Riles


    David Bly (DFL)
    Tim Rud (GOP)


    Pat Garofalo (GOP)
    Bev Topp (DFL)

    U.S. REP,

    John Kline (GOP)
    Steve Sarvi (DFL)

    July 16, 2008
  8. Tracy Davis said:

    I saw Jim Schlicting this morning and he said that the email address above should be working shortly, so I’d encourage anyone to try again tomorrow or in the next few days.

    July 16, 2008
  9. Griff Wigley said:

    Let’s hope that Jim will alert us here when it’s working.

    July 16, 2008
  10. Dear Ms. Davis,

    This is just so typical.  Your posting, where you attempt to divert attention from the salient issues I have been raising here for so very long, also completely ignores my candidacy for the mayor’s seat.  

    As hard as that is to believe, I guess we can expect nothing less from such a self-interested, inside-the-system, entrenched cronysta like yourself.

    Not me.  I’m an outsider.  An agent for change.  Smoky.  Sensual.

    And you’d better believe I’m back in the race!  Rise up, my people!

     Full details here.



    July 16, 2008
  11. Jerry Bilek said:

    I witnessed first hand the Etter machine at work today. The Brendon Etter campaign bus was busy soliciting votes from dog walkers in south central Northfield. Do not overestimate the power of the stealth write in campaign of Mr. Etter.

    July 16, 2008
  12. Curt Benson said:

    Brendon, may I offer a slogan? “Good, Etter, Best!” You could campaign as the middle of the road, dare I suggest, mediocre alternative. It would be unseemly to showboat as the “Best”. Yet, you’d not want to be just “good”–because that might suggest you’d have to slink off to some packing house town in Kansas or Nebraska after your humiliating tenure as mayor here. Capice?

    July 16, 2008
  13. Sounds good, Curt! Glad to have you on-board as a highly-paid strategist / spin doctor (payment from outside sources only to steer clear of pesky campaign finance laws).

    My first initial and last name spell “BEtter”. I thought about running with the slogan “Can’t find a Better man.” It’s a Pearl Jam song, too. The kids’ll love that.

    But why limit myself to one or two slogans? I say run with as many as possible, whipping them out as circumstances warrant.

    Keep the great ideas coming!

    July 16, 2008
  14. Britt Ackerman said:

    Brendon, I must say that your write-in strategy is brilliant.

    The primary will limit the playing field to two candidates. Until then, you can simply wait, in a smoky, sensual, and dare I say stealthy, manner.

    After the vote narrows the field to two, you’ll only need enough votes to beat out two candidates rather than five!

    I foresee you’ll focus on the “Jesse Ventura” voters. Perhaps you should begin growing your facial hair now, so you can have full-frontal-facial dreads by November.

    You won’t need to spend any money on the campaign, nor will you need to show up at any forums or debates.

    I would recommend hand-written yard signs that say “Etter is Better”, and don’t bother beginning your campaign any time prior to October 31st. In fact, a Halloween-theme might be cute.

    Just as Ventura did, you could totally throw the pollsters off. Also, a wild card like you can really have an effect on the Vegas bookies–you’re going to cause an unbalanced book, which means for once the gamblers might be able to top the bookie and beat the race odds.

    July 16, 2008
  15. Jon Denison said:

    Britt Ackerman said:

    You won’t need to spend any money on the campaign, nor will you need to show up at any forums or debates.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder where I’ve seen that work before?

    Good luck Mr. Etter, I’d be honored to serve with you (as wheather I win or lose I’ll still be on the council). I’m not offering my endorsement by no means, as I’m sure you’d not take it anyway LOL.

    July 16, 2008
  16. Britt, Jon, Tracy, Thank you for the helpful comments. I agree: I am almost too handsome and dangerous and mysterious to be in something as trivial as politics. I knew this going in, but I’m so glad you are there to remind me. (This isn’t exactly what you wrote, but I can read between the lines. The love is clearly there.)

    You know, we’ve been through so much together… there was that one time… remember that? That was so great! Because of our intense shared histories, and all we’ve learned from each other, I’m glad that each of you is marching lockstep behind me in my race to power.

    Tracy, here’s some guidance to help unwrap a little bit of the mystery behind the man. Not too much, or it wouldn’t be a mystery.

    Incidentally, I’m looking for some free bumper stickers, buttons, yard signs, t-shirts for the campaign. Anyone?

    July 16, 2008
  17. Bruce Morlan said:

    Brenden, I have some slightly used Gore and Bush lawn signs, etc, if that would help (you could write in your name and change the “president” to “mayor”.

    July 17, 2008
  18. Boo-yaa! (That’s something the kids say.)

    Damn right! I want those signs, Bruce! This is exactly the sort of outside-the-box-plot thinking you want in your friendly neighborhood statistician.

    I work at the Carleton Bookstore, or you could drop them off with my wife at Leota Goodney’s office above Blue Monday.

    I’ll edit the signs, and then I would just need some volunteers who would somewhat-willingly post the signs on their lawns.


    July 17, 2008
  19. […] After having his A Play A Day & Lysteria blog featured in the January 2008 “Best of the Twin Cities” edition of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine (The best blogs by locals–from near and far),  Brendon Etter, textbook manager of the Carleton Bookstore, earlier this week announced his candidacy for Mayor in a comment here on Locally Grown. […]

    July 18, 2008
  20. Scott Davis said:

    Hey Griff, why not just call the city and get the information directly from the source. There is life outside of the blogosphere. 645-8833

    July 29, 2008
  21. Anne Bretts said:

    Let’s take a wild stab here. The filings just closed, so there is a meeting for all the candidates to explain the job they’re seeking and the election process and laws and answer questions. There’s no agenda published because it’s just an informational meeting for candidates with no official business. It will be open to the public, but it’s not a public meeting in the traditional sense. It’s done every election cycle in most every town around.
    How’d I do, Scott?

    July 29, 2008
  22. kiffi summa said:

    Mr. Wm. Bassett, the former interim city administrator, is conducting this info session .
    Will they hire him a second time, to do one for candidates running for
    the Vacated at-large seat of C. Cashman, after those candidates file between Aug 26, and Sept 9th?

    Big, BIG night at City Hall … 4:30 EDA infill committee meeting; 5PM Special Charter Commission meeting, 6 PM Candidates info session, 7 PM Planning Commission meeting…

    July 29, 2008

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