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Three of seven La Crosse city council seats up for election have just one candidate

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The race for mayor of La Crosse is getting most of the public’s attention right now, but there are other positions on the city ballot in April.

A majority of the city council seats — 7 out of 13 — are up for election, and three of those races have just one candidate so far. The filing deadline is Tuesday, January 5th at 5 p.m.

Of the 11 people who have declared for council races, all but two have submitted their signatures to the city clerk, as well.

Of the seven open seats, there is just one incumbent running for reelection — Doug Happel of the 12th District, whose opponent is current La Crosse School Board member Keonte Turner.

A former council member, Rich Becker, is looking for a comeback in District 10. Becker would face Rebecca Schwarz for that seat.

Mackenzie Mindel and Samuel Deetz have declared for the District 8 seat, while District 13 features a race between Chauncy Turner of the city’s Human Rights Commission and Mark Neumann, who ran in the Democratic primary for Congress against Rep. Ron Kind in 2020.

Unopposed at this rime are Mac Kiel in District 7, Chris Woodard in District 9, and Jennifer Trost in District 11.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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