Incumbent Gilbert Mayor Not on Ballot, Voters Talk of Change

By KBJR News 1

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM CDT

Gilbert, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Mayoral race in the small town of Gilbert is unique in that the incumbent Mayor will not be on the ballot this November. That means that no matter who wins the election, Gilbert will have a new Mayor.

"Definitely feeling a need for change. You hear a lot of that," said Gilbert voter, Mary Bradodge, "It's probably been a few years since there was an incumbent that didn't make it past the primary."

Since incumbent Mayor Don Bellerud didn't make it past the primary election last August, change in the town's leadership is inevitable no matter who wins the race. Which is what the voters we spoke with in Gilbert said they needed.

"Yeah, there is a real need for change," said Lisa Erchul, "Get rid of the buildings on the main street that aren't good and get things done. Get people into the town, businesses."

Like so many other places in the country, those we spoke with said some of the concerns facing the small town of Gilbert have to do with the economy. They hope the new Mayor will help with some of the vacant businesses in town.

"The town needs more business, we have a number of vacant buildings in Gilbert," said Linda Tyssen, who is voting in the upcoming mayoral election.

One thing is certain for the town of Gilbert; they will have a new mayor this November. Voters we spoke with said they hope whichever candidate is elected will lead the town down a new path.

"I think everybody all the way around in this community is ready for change," said Bradodge.

The candidates for Mayor of Gilbert in the general election are Michael Skenzich and Tom Nemanick.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.