Oakdale council shakes up, but mayor stays put

The Oakdale City Council had three of its four seats up for grabs this fall, and each will be filled by a new face. 

Challengers Colleen Swedberg and Susan Olson won the two available full-term seats, narrowly edging incumbent Mark Landis. Swedberg received more than 5,000 votes for 28 percent of the total tally. 

Olson earned 4,509 votes, winning the second seat by 72 votes and edging out Landis, who came up short with 4,437 votes. 

Rounding out the competitive four-way campaign was Dallas Pierson, who received 19 percent of the vote. 

The third open seat was for a partial term that ends in December 2020. Only Jake Ingebrightson ran for the seat, which he won.

For mayor, Oakdale residents chose incumbent Mayor Paul Reinke over challenger and current council member Kevin Zabel. 

As for his staying power at mayor, Reinke — who racked up 63 percent of the vote — said he thinks it comes from “the good things happening and momentum” in the city. 

He said the issue of community safety is “on the forefront of people’s minds” and that Oakdale residents appreciate their “historically good” police, fire and public works departments. 

Reinke said he is appreciative of those who volunteered in the election process, such as election judes, and the people who volunteered for his campaign. 

Pierson had no comment on his loss. No other city council candidates could be reached for comment. 

Zabel said the Oakdale resident base is “incredibly stable” and that Reinke’s longtime public service has earned him the name recognition needed to secure support. 

Zabel, who is still in the midst of a city council term, said he is focusing on the two years remaining on his term and his work for the city.

The new council members and the returning mayor will be sworn in come the new year.

 

–Solomon Gustavo can be reached at sgustavo@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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