Chaska City Councilor Scott Millard resigned his seat effective at the end of the May 20 City Council meeting, and the Council has chosen to appoint a replacement to hold the seat through the end of Millard’s term. The seat will be up for election in 2014. Ward 1 residents who are interested in the position are welcomed to pick up an application package at City Hall (inexplicably, there’s no information on this process on the city website’s homepage). Applications are due back by June 12, and applicants will interview with the Council on June 17. The appointment will be made at the July 1 City Council meeting. Don’t know if you live in Ward 1 (the southwest ward)? Check out this map to see where to fall among the city’s four wards. Per the Chaska Herald, former Ward 1 Councilor Gino Businaro has indicated he intends to apply.
In other news:
- State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) is attending the 2013 National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College this week. Certainly such news can (and will) be viewed within the prism of other rumors.
- Last week was a crazy week for politics in the Sixth Congressional District (which covers Carver and central and western Carver County) as both U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL challenger Jim Graves pulled out of the 2014 race. Former State Representative, current talk show host, and 2010 governor’s race loser Tom Emmer seems poised to jump in the race, making him the leading contender for the GOP nomination. Meanwhile, no names have emerged on the DFL side thus far. The Sixth is the strongest Republican district in the state, so there’s a thin bench of state legislators to pick from. St. Cloud’s Tarryl Clark, who lost to Bachmann in 2010 before failing to secure the DFL nomination in the Eighth Congressional District in 2012, is sure to come up as a possibility. State Auditor Rebecca Otto also lives in the Sixth, but is considered unlikely to run. Graves would have likely stood a stronger chance to win the seat given the fundraising he’s already accumulated, which makes his decision curious. Politicians who fear defeat are unlikely to make a difference in the long run, so perhaps Graves’s decision is less of a loss to Democratic hopes than thought.