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Time to choose: Red Wing mayoral election is today

Red Wing residents will have the chance Tuesday to choose their new mayor.

The special mayoral election is June 11. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other than the ballot listing only one race, the election process will be no different for voters than general elections, City Clerk Kathy Johnson said.

Johnson said she is hoping more voters will hit the polls Tuesday than did in the February 2011 special mayoral election.

"There is some more interest this year because you've got more candidates running," Johnson said. "We are anticipating a larger turnout."

Two years ago only about 14 percent of Red Wing's registered voters cast a ballot in the special election.

The City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30 a.m. Friday to canvass the results after the election.

Johnson said the new mayor likely would be sworn in at the June 24 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The new mayor's term will end January 2017.

Mayoral candidates:

• Dan Bender

• Elizabeth Kocina

• Christopher Nelson

• John Sachen

• Ernest Stone

• Samantha Tix

Polling places:

To find your polling place, visit

• Ward 1, Precinct 1: Public Works Building, 229 Tyler Road North

• Ward 1, Precinct 2: Burnside School, 5001 Learning Lane

• Ward 2, Precinct 1: Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Avenue

• Ward 2, Precinct 2: First Covenant Church, 2302 Twin Bluff Road

• Ward 3, Precinct 1: Holy Family Hall, Church of St. Joseph, 443 West Seventh Street

• Ward 3, Precinct 2: Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, 308 Pioneer Road

• Ward 4, Precinct 1: Colvill Courtyard -- Colvill Park, 515 Nymphara Lane

• Ward 4, Precinct 2: Concordia Lutheran Church, 1805 Bush Street

Absentee voting:

Those who will not be able to vote June 11 can go to the city clerk's office on the second floor of City Hall to vote absentee. It will be open for voting Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Same-day registration:

Red Wing residents age 18 or older who are not registered to vote can do so at the polling place on Election Day.

The voter must have proof they live in the city and precinct, such as:

• A valid Minnesota driver's license, learners permit, Minnesota ID card or tribal ID card with picture and signature

• A voter registered in the same precinct who will confirm your address with a signed oath

• Both a photo ID (that may be expired) and current bill, such as for utilities, rent or student fees, with name and address.

More information:

• The city of Red Wing has more information available at on the special election.

• Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website at to check voter registration status and for other registration and general information.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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