Five candidates set up council primary in Rosemount

Five candidates are running for two, four-year seats on the Rosemount City Council, which sets up a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 9, when the field would be narrowed to four candidates for the general election in November.

Incumbents Vanessa Demuth and Jeff Weisensel are seeking re-election, while the challengers are Wade Miller, Brenda Rivera and Heidi Freske. The filing period closed Tuesday, May 31.

Weisensel is seeking his third term on the council.

He has been the city’s Port Authority chairman since 2010 and a member since 2009.

He serves on the Dakota Communications Center Board, is a Youth Commission council liaison, and is a member of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee and Leadership Fellows Advisory Group.

He was chairman of the city’s Planning Commission from 2001 to 2004 and was on the commission from 1997 to 2004.

He is a past Rosemount Wetlands Ordinance Task Force member, Dakota County Extension Committee chairman and member.

Demuth is seeking her second term on the council.

She serves on the city’s Environment and Sustainability Task Force and the Port Authority. She is a member of the Metro Cities Metropolitan Agencies Water Policy Committee and is an alternate on the Dakota Communications Center Board of Directors.

Demuth was a Planning Commission member from 2009 to 2012.

Miller is a former chairman of the city’s Planning Commission. He served on the commission for five years. He currently serves on the city’s Environment and Sustainability Task Force.

Only two council member terms are expiring. Council Members Shaun Nelson and Mark DeBettignies have terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2018, along with that of Mayor Bill Droste.

The Dakota County Tribune will have a story in an upcoming edition and online that includes more information about the challengers.