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Candidate filing period ends today

WORTHINGTON -- Three individuals have filed to run for Worthington City Council in November, with today being the final day to complete the paperwork necessary to run for office.

Candidates filing with the city clerk thus far are Scott Nelson (Ward 2), Rod Sankey (Ward 1) and Diane Graber (at-large). As of Monday, each was running unopposed for the three council seats that will be up for election in November.

Nelson, a co-founder of Worthington's Bedford Technology who remains with the company, is seeking his second four-year term on the council.

Sankey, who has an associate's degree in business management from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, currently works as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service as well as for Radio Works.

Graber was formerly a dean, vice president for academics and student services and provost, respectively, at Minnesota West's Worthington campus. She became a part-time special assistant to the president at the community college in September 2010.

Mike Woll, who has served two terms as an at-large Worthington City Council member, has said he is not seeking another term. Additionally, Lyle Ten Haken, a 12-year member of the council, is not seeking re-election to his Ward 1 seat.

Two positions not up for election in November are being served by Mike Kuhle, who represents Ward Two and is also seeking a seat on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners this November, and Ron Wood, who represents Ward 1.

Mayor Alan Oberloh, who is in the midst of his third four-year term, is also seeking another office, as he is running for District 22 State Senator this fall.

Today is also the deadline to file paperwork to run for the Worthington Independent School District 518 board. Board posts currently occupied by Joel Lorenz, Linden Olson, Brad Shaffer and Steve Schnieder are all up for election this November; all are four-year terms.