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Nelson joins growing race for Red Wing mayor

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Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

Christopher L. Nelson became the fourth person to enter the mayoral race when he turned in his affidavit of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon.

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Nelson, 109 Finrud Ave., said he wants to see "what I can do for the city.

"This was an opportunity that I couldn't miss. ... As a young person, I should be more involved in politics," Nelson, 30, said.

Nelson moved to Red Wing in 2006. He grew up in Owatonna, Minn., and then earned a degree in law enforcement from the Alexandria Technical and Community College.

Nelson also spent nine years in the Army Reserves as a combat engineer. He has been deployed twice; he served in Afghanistan from May 2004 to May 2005 and in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan in 2010.

Nelson currently works at Prairie Island nuclear plant as a security officer.

Nelson will join other mayoral candidates John Sachen, Ernest Stone and Dan Bender on the ballot.

Filing is open through 5 p.m. April 16. The special election to fill the position vacated by Dennis Egan will be June 11.

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