2019 is a quiet election year for many living in the Forest Lake area, but Linwood Township and Columbus have one election on the docket on Nov. 5: a special election for Anoka County District 6 commissioner, following the resignation of former Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah this spring. The top two vote-getters in the six-way contest will go on to another election on Feb. 11, 2020. The winner of that contest will hold the seat until Sivarajah’s old term expiration at the end of 2020. A questionnaire with the candidates was published in The Times’ Oct. 10 issue and online at tinyurl.com/y22ovmv5.
In Columbus, there is only one polling place: the Columbus Public Works maintenance building, at 16345 Kettle River Blvd. In Linwood, there are two precincts, splitting the township roughly diagonally from northwest to southeast. Starting at the township’s western border, the line goes east along Fawn Lake Drive, then south along Typo Creek Drive, and then east along Viking Boulevard to the east side of town. The section of town north and east of that line is Precinct 1, and the section south and west of the line is Precinct 2. The Precinct 1 polling place is the Linwood Senior Center (22817 Typo Creek Drive NE), and the Precinct 2 polling place is Linwood Covenant Church (6565 Viking Blvd. NE).
The six candidates running for the seat are former Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen, former Lino Lakes Charter Commissioner Craig Johnson, former Centennial School Board Member Karen Lodico, Donovan McGuire, current Lino Lakes Mayor Jeff Reinert, and Kevin Ryan. Election Day results will be available after next week’s press time, but results will be published as soon as they’re available at forestlaketimes.com.