ST. PETER – Nine people are vying for three vacant seats on the St. Peter School Board.
Incumbents Drew Dixon and Vickie Hager are standing for re-election. Long-time board member Jon Carlson is retiring.
The new candidates are Marty Duncan, Teri Hopkins, Krystal Loula, Kate Martens, Josh Moberg and Rita Rassbach.
Former board member Charlie Potts is also looking to return to the board.
Voters in the November general election will choose three of the candidates to serve four-year terms.
The nomination period ended on Tuesday, with three people filing on the last possible day.
Dixon, who is a parent and an information technology professional, wants to return for a third term. Hager, who retired as a social worker in the Minnesota Valley Education District, is running for a second term.
Potts served on the board from 2014 to 2018. He did not seek re-election then, but is now running to return to the board. He is a parent and assistant vice-president for student life at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Duncan is a retired superintendent of small rural districts in Minnesota. Hopkins is a parent and social worker. Loula is a parent and a farmer.
Martens is a former teacher and Chairman of the Nicollet County Historical Society Board. Moberg is a relative, real estate agent and former police officer. Rassbach is a parent volunteer in schools and for community organizations.
St. Peter’s Public Schools is generally the only district in the area that holds board elections in odd-numbered years.
The Nicollet school district is holding a special election to fill a seat created by a mid-term resignation.
Cathy Blowers was the only person to apply for the seat, until the end of 2022. The mother campaigned in writing for last year’s board election.
Phil Wills has been nominated to occupy the seat until November, but is not seeking election.