Oakdale fated for a fresh city council

Mayor could remain a constant

 

Turnover is expected on the Oakdale City Council in the near future, as voters this November fill three open city council seats as well as the mayor’s. 

Council members Bill Rasmussen and Lori Pulkrabek have terms expiring at the end of 2018 and neither filed for re-election.

“I’ve served the city for 20 years of volunteer work, and I’ve been on the council for four, and I haven’t been feeling very well,” said Rasmussen. “My wife is sick and I just think it’s time to back out and let other people take over.”

“I love Oakdale,” he added. “I love the people of Oakdale. I’m going to miss them, but we’re going to be spending more time up at the lake.”

Pulkrabek, who is finishing her fifth term on the council, noted that her decision not to run was a difficult one to make, but that she’s proud of Oakdale’s accomplishments over the years she was involved.

“With current career obligations, I simply don’t have the time necessary to campaign,” Pulkrabek explained. “So I decided to take a break and enjoy the rest of the summer. Oakdale is and will continue to be in good hands, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for our community — I’m confident it will be bright.”

 

Council candidates

Candidate filing for the two open city council terms, as well as a special election for a partial council term, ended Aug. 14.

Current council member Mark Landis, along with challengers Susan Olson, Dallas Pierson and Colleen Swedberg, are running for the two open seats.

Landis was appointed to the council to fill the vacancy left after Kristen Cici resigned in April 2017. 

Landis was chosen because he had earned the third most votes in the 2016 city council race for two seats. He remained on the council following a DWI arrest that occurred November 2017. The case is still moving through the courts system. Dallas Pierson was also a city council candidate in 2016, earning about 15 percent of the vote.

Landis’ appointed term ends in December, and the special election is for what would have been the remainder of Cici’s city council term, ending in December 2020.

Jake Ingebrigtson, who has been a member of the Oakdale Planning Commission since July 2016 and chair of the commission since January 2017, is the only person who filed for the partial term.

 

Back-to-back
mayoral elections

Mayor Paul Reinke will remain in his postion through the end of the year, as he was the only candidate in the Aug. 14 special election for the remaining months of the term to which he was appointed in December 2016. 

“I think I’m very fortunate,” Reinke said. “I get to serve with four other terrific people on the council body, and I also get to serve with some talented and committed city staff that want nothing better than to have a better Oakdale. ... I am pleased, and I am looking forward to finishing the year in the mayor’s spot.”

Reinke also filed to run for the next full mayoral term in Oakdale, which runs January 2019 through December 2022. Council member Kevin Zabel threw his hat into the race as well. 

Zabel was elected in 2016 to his first term on the city council, a term not set to expire until the end of 2020.

Zabel and Reinke will both be on the general election ballot on Election Day, Nov. 6.

 

– Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akiney@lillienews.com

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