It appears that Ringsted and Wallingford are the only Emmet County communities with contested elections Tuesday, Nov. 5.
In Ringsted, six candidates will run for two open council seats: Heather Hammond, Karrie Hammond, Diane Michalec, Dennis Nelsen, Sommer Nielsen and Gaylen Zeman. Current council members not running for reelection are Kennith Lowery and Darryl Anderson. Incumbent Mayor Dan Jorgensen has filed election papers and is unopposed.
There are six candidates running for five seats in Wallingford, with incumbents Jeremy Bodle, Betsy Dostal, Jarrod Fischer, Linda Mickelson and Ronald Sabby all filing papers as well as Ryan Cellan. Mayor Terry Osher has also filed papers and is unopposed.
In Estherville, Mayor Kenny Billings and council members David Seylar (Ward 3), Ann Goebel (Ward 4) and Larry Anderson (at-large) have all filed papers for reelection, all unopposed, while council member Terry Nelson (Ward 2) did not file. Ward 2 is the northwest portion of Estherville, bounded by North Sixth Street and Central Avenue.
Even though there's no election, Armstrong will see the biggest change of any council in the county. Mayor Marvin Dailey did not file papers, leaving no candidate for the mayor's slot, while council member Warren Haeckel and David Grussing did not file election papers either, while incumbent Jon Larsen did, along with Rhett Hiney, leaving two candidates on the ballot for three seats.
Mayor Russell Deling filed reelection papers in Dolliver as did Carl Gries for council. Roger Rezac did not file relection papers for council, but Mary Rose Rezac filed papers for an open council seat, leaving open her appointed seat with a term ending 2015. Delores Griese had been appointed for that seat April 13 but did not file election papers to finish out the unexpired term which ends 2015.
Gruver Mayor Loren Anderson and council members Rick Wolfe, Brett Grems, Robert Gommels, Anthony Hanson and Brent Baddeley all filed reelection papers and are unopposed.
All the regular polling places will be open from noon to 8 p.m.