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Chisholm councilor in for county board race

Chisholm City Councilor Mary Jo Rahja is the latest person to throw in their name for the St. Louis County Board race for District 7. Rahja is the fourth candidate to file for the seat; the field also includes previously announced candidates Mich...

Chisholm City Councilor Mary Jo Rahja is the latest person to throw in their name for the St. Louis County Board race for District 7.

Rahja is the fourth candidate to file for the seat; the field also includes previously announced candidates Michael Jugovich, Chisholm mayor; Jeff Polcher, a Hibbing School Board member; and Melissa Scaia, a Hibbing-based advocate for domestic violence victims.

The district covers Hibbing, Chisholm, Floodwood, Meadowlands and the townships in the southwestern corner of the county.

Longtime 7th District incumbent Steve Raukar has decided not to seek another term in the office.

Four of St. Louis County's seven county commissioner seats are up for election this year.

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In District 3, which covers the western third of Duluth, incumbent Chris Dahlberg is not running. Kim McKay, a taxi driver from the Piedmont neighborhood, has filed, as has Beth Olson, a community advocate and executive director of the First Witness Child Advocacy Center.

In District 2, which covers eastern Duluth, incumbent Patrick Boyle was the only candidate who had filed to run as of Thursday afternoon.

In District 5, which covers Proctor, Hermantown and the townships that wrap around Duluth, incumbent Pete Stauber is the only candidate to file so far.

If more than two people file for any of the seats, a primary will be held in August with the general election in November.

Fillings for office in Minnesota close Tuesday.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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