Government Restructure on the Ballot for Halstad’s 2020 Election

Government Restructure on the Ballot for Halstad’s 2020 Election

October 27, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (10/27/20)

Halstad, MN — The ballot for this year’s election for the City of Halstad will have the usual Mayor and Council seats, but residents will also notice a question that would slightly restructure the city government if approved. The question as it reads on the ballot asks “ Should Optional Plan A, modifying the Standard Plan of city government by providing for the appointment by the council of the clerk-treasurer, be adopted for the government of the City of Halstad?” In simpler terms, the council is seeking approval to appoint, or hire, a Clerk-Treasurer for the city rather than the position be elected like it is now. Halstad Mayor Lori Delong says having the ability to seek out and hire a clerk would be a much more efficient way of doing business.

Under the current form of government, the City Clerk-Treasurer is a voting member of the council. Running for that seat this election is Jessica Spaeth. Current Clerk/Treasurer Michael Trygg is running for an at-large council seat. For the other two council positions available this election there are six people on the ballot, including Donna Scholl, Blayne Merkens, Richard Danielson, Don McMahan, Kristina Melting, and Brandon Mickelson. Current Vice Mayor Darin Johnson is running unopposed for Mayor.