He says it’s ‘time for a new group to lead the community forward’

    Saying it’s “time for a new group to lead the community forward,” Crookston Mayor Wayne Melbye has confirmed that he will not be seeking a full term as mayor in the November 2018 Election.

    Melbye served several terms on the Crookston City Council, first representing Ward 4 before he was elected to one of the council’s two at-large seats. He eventually decided against seeking another term, but when Gary Willhite resigned as mayor after being elected to the Polk County Board of Commissioners in November 2016, Melbye emerged after a prolonged and sometimes contentious process and was appointed mayor by the council in March of 2017 to serve the remainder of Willhite’s term.

    “Sixteen years with the council has been educational, interesting and enjoyable,” Melbye tells the Times.

    Melbye adds that he will be retiring in August from his general manager post at Ampride/Crookston Fuel and he’s looking forward to more time for traveling and family.

Election, candidate filing information

    Along with the mayor’s seat, several council seats are up for election in November as well, including Ward 2, Ward 4 and Ward 6, the seats held by Steve Erickson, Dennis Regan and Tom Vedbraaten, respectively. Also, the At Large seat held by Bob Quanrud is up for election, and Quanrud confirmed this week that he will not be seeking another term.

    Quanrud encouraged community members to run for his seat. Anyone who wants to do so may pick up an affidavit of candidacy for the at-large seat, or any of the three ward seats up for election in November, from the clerk at city hall beginning on Tuesday, July 31. Affidavits of candidacy must be filed with the clerk between July 31 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (They will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the deadline day, Aug. 14.) The filing fee is $2.

    The 2018 General Election will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 6.