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Three file in Marshall mayoral race; Bayerkohler not seeking re-election

MARSHALL — There will be three seats on the Marshall City Council up for election in November, but not three incumbent candidates. Current city council member Glenn Bayerkohler said this weekend that he has decided not to run for re-election. At the same time, Donald Edblom has filed to run in Ward 1, the voting ward Bayerkohler currently represents.

The Marshall mayoral race will also have three candidates this year. As of the end of the municipal filing period on Tuesday, Noel Ayala and Stephen Ritter have filed for mayor, and Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes will be running for re-election.

Bayerkohler said Monday the decision not to run again was a tough one, especially because there were people who had encouraged him. However, he said he believes in term limits.

“After being a member of the city council for the past eight years, I believe that it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Ward 1,” Bayerkohler said in a statement. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to serve on the Marshall City Council, and I am very thankful that the citizens of Ward 1 gave me this opportunity.”

In Marshall, there will be a council seat up for election in each of the city’s three voting wards, as well as the office of mayor. Current council members Steven Meister and James Lozinski have filed for re-election in Ward 2 and Ward 3, respectively. On Monday, Donald Edblom filed for candidacy in Ward 1.

Marshall Public Schools will also be holding elections for school board members in November. Three seats on the board will be up for election. As of Tuesday, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office website listed a total of five candidates. Current school board members Matt Coleman, Bill Mulso and Bill Swope all filed for re-election. Two challengers, Trudy Madetzke and Ben Walker, have also filed for candidacy.

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