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Three bow out from Red Wing mayor, City council contests

The race for Red Wing Mayor, which started with six candidates by the end of the filing period Tuesday, narrowed to four Wednesday following the withdrawal of candidates Joe Blank and Dawn Courtier.

Both Blank and Courtier said they had filed out of concern for the seeming shortage of people running for the position.

“I decided to run out of a sincere desire to help my hometown succeed in the future,” Blank said in a statement to the Republican Eagle. “It seemed there was no interest in doing the important work of guiding our city. Since then, a number of talented individuals with more experience have decided they are willing to serve.”

He said he hopes to serve the city on a board or commission in the future.

“I am grateful for the support I received after my announcement,” he said.

Courtier echoed Blank’s explanation for withdrawal from the race.

“At the point that I decided to run, I didn’t think there was good representation there,” she said. “I think one of the candidates would be a good choice, so I decided to bow out.”

She declined to name the candidate she supports.

Remaining candidates for mayor are Ahkeem Brown, Sean Dowse, David Harris and Kevin Serres.

Roseanne Grosso, who had filed for the Ward 2 seat on City Council, also withdrew from the race Wednesday. She had originally filed during a shortage of candidates for the position.

“Everyone was getting kind of worried that no one had filed, so I did thinking that if they got some good candidates, I wouldn’t have to run,” she said. “No one should be unopposed because people don’t have a choice.”

John Becker, Adam Gettings and Gregory Boek remain in the running for Ward 2.

As of press time, candidates for the Ward 1 seat on City Council remained unchanged with Kim Beise and Thomas Day. Candidates for the combined seat for Wards 3 and 4 are Evan Brown, Ernest Stone and Glen Witham.