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Few vie for county board, city council seats

The ballots are set and low-key spring elections are toned down this year with fewer candidates running for Superior City Council and Douglas County Board.

Of 21 seats on the board up for re-election, only voters in four districts have a decision to make.

Incumbent supervisors Larry Quam, Pat Ryan, Kay Johnson and Dan Corbin are each facing a challenge for their seats on the County Board.

Phil Baker of Badger Drive is challenging Quam to represent residents in the South Superior supervisory district 10. It’s the only challenge for the board in the city.

In the villages of Oliver and Superior, and the western three-fourths of the town of Superior, former Superior Town Supervisor Roger Letourneau is challenging Ryan for 14th District seat.

In the 16th District, which includes the towns of Cloverland, Lakeside, Maple and Brule, Johnson is facing a challenge Gary Peterson of County Road P.

Rae Ann Anderson of Foxboro is challenging Corbin for a chance to serve residents in Oakland and northern Summit. Anderson serves as a town supervisor in Summit where Corbin serves as board chairman.

No one stepped forward to challenge lone candidates for six City Council seats.

Incumbents Dan Olson in the 1st District, Warren Bender in the 3rd, Denise McDonald in the 5th, Bob Finsland in the 7th and Esther Dalbec in the 10th are running unopposed.

Dalbec faces a special election for a one-year term after being appointment to fill a vacancy left when Councilor Bob Browne died last year.

The only race still open for a ballot challenge is the 9th District City Council seat.

Councilor Mick MacKenzie decided not to run for the seat he won as a write-in candidate six years ago.

Former 9th District Councilor Dennis Dalbec has stepped forward to fill the seat; however, there is still time to get a name on the ballot. Because MacKenzie didn’t file notice he wouldn’t be seeking re-election, the deadline to file a petition for a spot on the ballot is 5 p.m. today.

The spring election takes place April 1.