La Rae Mills for Cottage Grove City Council!

La Rae Mills for Cottage Grove City Council!

Bailey to seek third term as mayor: Mills plans council run

By Katie Nelson on Jul 20, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. SWC Bulletin

Current mayor Myron Bailey will run for reelection on Nov. 8.
Mayor Myron Bailey will be the only incumbent on the ballot for Cottage Grove city races this fall.

Bailey said he intends to run for mayor again, for what would be his third term.
“There are projects being developed right now and I want to finish those,” Bailey said in an interview as the candidate filing period nears. “There’s a project that hasn’t been started, but I really want to get it done before I leave office, and that’s getting a YMCA in Cottage Grove.”

The other two council incumbents whose terms end this year — Justin Olsen and Jen Peterson — are not running. Olsen is stepping down, while Peterson will be on the ballot in the the Minnesota House 54A seat.

Cottage Grove residents LaRae Mills and Kim Graff intend to run in the Nov. 8 election. Graff announced her campaign early this year.

Mills, owner of A Sharp Music Studios, has been serving on the Cottage Grove Arts Commission. She said her work on the arts commission led her to consider running for council after she was encouraged.

“When I heard both Jen and Justin, both really strong council members, had decided not to run, I was approached to consider it,” she said. “I want our city to move forward and progress, and I could be part of the process to keep Cottage Grove going great.”

Graff is currently a member of the Cottage Grove Planning Commission, and feels strongly about continuing economic development in the city.

“They have insights and ideas that will be great to have on the council,” Bailey said.

The yearly stipend for mayor of Cottage Grove is $9,216, and council members are paid $6,780 a year.

The filing period to run for mayor or city council opens Tuesday, Aug. 2, and ends Tuesday, Aug. 16. Candidates can file from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway.

Newport races
There will be three Newport races on the ballot this fall.

Mayor Tim Geraghty and City Council members Bill Sumner and Tom Ingemann.

Sumner said he plans to run again because he’s found it interesting serving on the council.

“There are a lot of strong viewpoints there in Newport,” he said.

Ingemann said he remains undecided about re-election.

Geraghty was out of town and could not be reached by press time.

The Newport mayor earns $362.50 per month. Council members earn $316 monthly.

Newport city races also have an Aug. 2-16 candidate filing period. Candidates may file at Newport City Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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