Furlong likely to be North St. Paul’s next mayor

Mike Kuehn’s presence in the council chambers has been a North St. Paul mainstay for 28 years, a legacy that will come to an end at the close of the year.

After 11 years as North St. Paul mayor, preceeded by 17 years on the city council, Kuehn is not running for re-election. His term expires at the end of December.

“With things on the upswing, it just seemed like a good time to leave my service to the city and relax and enjoy my retirement a bit more,” Kuehn explained in a letter sent to city staff announcing his choice not to run. Portions of the letter were included in a notice posted to the city’s website Aug. 1.

The letter explained further that Kuehn has two main reasons for his decision: the city’s positive position for economic growth and his personal health and family concerns.

He wrote that his time serving North St. Paul “has truly been the greatest honor of my life.”

“My sincere thanks to everyone who supported me over the years, who stepped forward to help make a difference in our city, and who are committed to making sure our city will continue to move forward,” Kuehn said.

Only one person filed to run for mayor before the filing period closed Aug. 14: Terry Furlong, a current city council member whose term is set to expire at the end of the year.

Furlong will be the only mayoral candidate in the general election, and unless someone mounts an incredibly effective write-in campaign between now and Election Day, Furlong will be sworn in as mayor in January 2019.

In addition to mayor, residents will be voting to fill two city council positions, which are currently held by Furlong and council member Candy Petersen, who is seeking another term.

The other council candidates are Tim Cole, Chris Johnson, Ronnie Sprigler and former council member Scott Thorsen.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

 

— Aundrea Kinney

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