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A Jordan polling place.

Four candidates have filed for the three open seats on the Jordan City Council and four more have filed to run for the Jordan School Board. 

The two-week filing period to seek local office closed on Aug. 11. 

Mayor Tanya Velishek will face former Jordan City Councilman Mike Franklin and sitting councilman Terry Stier come November. 

Velishek filed for re-election Aug. 3. She announced her candidacy in a July 17 Facebook post. 

"Yes this is the year for my second run for mayor," Velishek said. "It’s hard to believe the years of service, growth in the community, and a few more items that can be accomplished in the next few years."

Franklin, Stier and Velishek have all served together on the council in the past. Stier, a longtime councilman, is the head custodian at Red Oak Elementary in Shakopee. Franklin, a licensed attorney, is co-owner of Weber Johnson Public Affairs, a St. Paul-based public affairs firm.

Some of Franklin's top priorities, according to his campaign website, are developing the community, attracting business and maximizing taxpayer investments.

"Our property taxes, water rates and other costs of living in this community are high," Franklin's website says. "There’s reasons for it, but no getting around it. As mayor I believe it will become my job to drive value for every penny that you send to the city’s coffers in order to operate."

There are three seats up for election on the Jordan City Council this fall. The residents who have filed to run by the Aug. 11 deadline are: 

  • Jeremiah Monyok 
  • Matthew Schmitt
  • Robert Whipps, incumbent 
  • Jeff Will, incumbent 

The Jordan residents who have filed to run for school board are: 

  • Rob Langheim, incumbent
  • Sara Lehnen
  • Molly Monyok
  • Lauren Pedersen, incumbent 

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