Few candidates line up for elections in Douglas County

Two city council races are contested so far; candidates in the council's 9th District have until Friday, Jan. 7 to get on the ballot.

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The Superior City Council could see some changes following the April 5 election, but little change is anticipated on the Douglas County Board.

Nineteen of 21 incumbent supervisors are running unopposed in the 2022 election cycle for the Douglas County Board.

Supervisor Peter Clark is making plans to step down as the 4th District representative in April; William Fennessey of Billings Lane is running unopposed for the seat.

No candidates will appear on the ballot in the county’s 3rd District, currently represented by appointee Marquise Slay.

The filing period ended Tuesday, Jan. 4, and there will be no extension in the 3rd District because the person who filed to run for the seat returned documents that were not sufficient for ballot placement, said Susan Sandvick, county clerk.



On the Superior City Council, two incumbents are facing a challenge during the April 5 election so far.
Spencer Koskie of East Seventh Street in the Central Park neighborhood is running against Councilor Brent Fennessey in the 5th District. A Superior native, Koskie has worked in the hospitality industry at Barker's Island, the Boat House at Fitger's and can still be seen at Gronk's Grill and Bar. He is a sales professional with the Family Heritage Division of Globe Life.

Koskie said through true communication, respect and compromise, the community can better the lives of everyone.

Councilor Robert Pierce, appointed in December to finish the first year of Councilor Craig Sutherland’s term, is facing a challenge from former 8th District councilor Mike Herrick in the special election for a one-year term. Sutherland resigned his post in November.

The 9th District council race remains open to challengers until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, after Councilor Keith Kern didn’t meet the deadline to file non-candidacy papers. Kern is stepping down at the end of his term in April.

Travis Leksell of New York Avenue was the only candidate on the ballot as of Thursday morning, but Superior High School teacher Mark Johnson announced Thursday, Jan. 6, that he'll be running to replace Kern on the council.

Leksell works in the building trade for Local 11 Plumbers and Steamfitters. A big reason he is running for office is his daughter, born in September, he said.

"I want to help make Superior a great place for her to grow up," Leksell said.


Johnson said he will focus on keeping the city's natural resources clean and the 9th District open for business.

"I excited by the opportunity to give back to the city that's given me so much, and I hope you'll join me in this journey," Johnson said.

Incumbents Nicholas Ledin in the 1st, Warren Bender in the 3rd and Ruth Ludwig in the 7th are running unopposed.

Superior School Board

Three candidates will vie for two Superior School Board seats this spring. Incumbent Christina Kintop will face newcomers Brooke Taylor and Edward Gallagher. Incumbent Robert Morehouse turned in a notice of non-candidacy and is not running for re-election.

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or
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