Anoka won’t need a primary

There will be no need for a primary election in the races for two available positions on the Anoka city council or the mayor’s seat. Candidacy flings for office closed on Tuesday, June 5.

Two candidates have filed to run for mayor, including incumbent Phil Rice and challenger Barbara Deeds Baldwin. Rice was first elected mayor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010. Baldwin is a member of the city’s Economic Development Commission and has made a past run for city council.

Council seats currently held by Mark Freeburg and Steve Schmidt are also on the ballot. Both plan to seek reelection. Freeburg has been on the council since 1997 while Schmidt is wrapping up his first four-year term.

But Pat Walker and Frank Bodine have also filed to run for the two available at-large seats. Walker is a current member of the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority and unsuccessfully ran for council in 2010. Bodine has also been a past election candidate, running in the mayoral primary in 2008 and the city council in 2010.

The four city council and two mayoral candidates will be on the ballot during the 2012 general election in November.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]