Willenburg challenging Kautz again for Burnsville mayor
Jerry Willenburg, who gave Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz the toughest race of her long career in 2008, is going for a rematch.
Both Kautz and Willenburg have filed for mayor in the November election. Filing opened May 22 and will close at 5 p.m. June 5.
Council members Dan Gustafson and Mary Sherry have filed for re-election. No other candidates had filed as of Thursday afternoon.
Kautz, first elected mayor in 1994, defeated Willenburg by 54 to 46 percent in 2008 in a raucous election focused largely on the approved but still-unbuilt Performing Arts Center and the Heart of the City redevelopment.
Willenburg opposed city construction of the $20 million center, which opened in January 2009. Willenburg had run for City Council and the District 191 School Board before running for mayor.
The city’s website includes a section where candidate affidavits are posted as they come in. Go to www.burnsville.org/DocumentCenter/Home/Index/332.