Candidates set for Coon Rapids council election

The votes have been counted and six Coon Rapids City Council candidates will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

In Ward 1, Incumbent Councilmember Denise Klint will face off against Chad Newman.

Klint received 347 votes (52.5 percent) and Newman received 224 votes (33.89 percent). Jerry Pierce received 90 votes (13.62 percent).

According to Klint, the most important quality she brings to office is experience, having served as a councilmember and lived in the city for more than 40 years.

Newman said he believes the city can benefit from his ability to see through complex issues to determine the correct course of action.

In Ward 2, Ken Boelter and Ron Manning will move on to the general election.

Boelter was the top vote-getter with 291 votes (37.02 percent). Manning received 252 votes (32.06 percent).

Other vote totals for Ward 2 candidates include Sonia Evans with 149 votes (18.96 percent), Tracy N. Trull with 53 votes (6.74 percent) and Jeramy Wyttenback with 41 votes (5.22 percent).

Boelter is a retired Coon Rapids fire captain. He said this experience gives him a good understanding of how the city functions and what works and what it takes to keep the city running efficiently.

Manning has lived in the city for 35 years and believes one of his best qualities is the ability to keep an open mind and yet to be able to make a decision.

The at-large race results have Steve Wells and Roger Johnson moving on to the general election.

Wells received 1,211 votes (29.67 percent) and Johnson received 750 votes (24.57 percent).

Steve Novack received 710 votes (23.26 percent) and Ethan Campbell received 382 votes (12.51 percent).

Wells is a retired Coon Rapids police chief and said this experience in city government helps him understand the role the council plays in creating city policy and providing direction to city staff through the city manager.

Johnson is a long-time Coon Rapids resident and said he will fight for improvements that will not leave taxpayers with large, long-term debt unless they have a chance to approve such improvements.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]

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