Ada Residents to Solve Ward Debate; Ada-Borup School Board Race Highly Contested

Ada Residents to Solve Ward Debate; Ada-Borup School Board Race Highly Contested

October 30, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson (10/30/20)

Ada, MN — While nearly all of the cities and townships in Norman County are conducting mail-only voting this election, the City of Ada residents still have the option to vote in-person at the polls on November 3rd. On the ballot this year is a handful of council seats, a highly contested school board race, and the council ward debate will finally be settled. Currently the seven-member Ada City Council consists of three at large seats, two seats from the east ward, and two seats from the west ward. This year the four ward positions are up for election with Kim Lewis, Michael Nelson, and Shawn Roux running for Ward 1 and Scott Erickson the only candidate filed to run for Ward 2. But those wards could go away, and all seats could become at-large depending on the results of this year’s election, according to Ada Mayor John Hintz.

Hintz is running unopposed for the Mayor position.

Not all have been in favor of eliminating wards, however. Councilmember Tom Opheim has strongly been unopposed it, stating that the separate wards allow for better representation of the community members.

The question on the ballot, titled CITY QUESTION 1 will read as follows:

“Should the City Charter of the City of Ada amend to eliminate wards for the composition of the City Council Members so that the City shall not include wards and the Mayor and all seven Council Members be elected at large?”

Perhaps the most contest races for Ada residents and those in the Ada-Borup School District is the race for the Ada-Borup School Board. Seven candidates are running for three open seats. Those seven candidates include Andrew Chisholm, Melissa Chisholm, Jen Eggen, Barb Spilde, Aimee Eggen, Mick Thompson, and Gretchen Rockstad.

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