Bond wants out, Malecha considers county race

Most politicians would be thrilled to run unopposed -- and few would openly solicit competition. But at-large Northfield City Councilor Dixon Bond announced at the end of Monday's council meeting that he's encouraging people to run for his seat so he can retire.

"It's my intent not to run," said Bond, who now is 70 and has served six years on the council. "I'd like to see some new blood on the council." Bond said he would keep open the option of running if he felt he was needed, but that he wanted to announce his intention early so people would have enough time to file before next week's deadline. (Bond is shown here in a Griff Wigley photo from our files from last year.)

Galen Malecha, who hasn't filed for re-election representing the council's Fourth Ward, said he'll decide this week whether to shoot for another term or aim higher by filing for a seat on the Rice County Board of Commissioners. The county position is open because Commissioner Jessica Peterson is running for the Minnesota State Senate.

Three councilors are up for re-election this year. James Pokorney, who represents the First Ward, hasn't announced his intentions. Filings opened last Wednesday and run through July 18. Information is available through City Hall.