Maanum wins Benson special election
By Reed Anfinson
Nancy Maanum won Tuesday’s special election for the Benson City Council receiving 70 votes to second place finisher Brent Haugen’s 61. Mike “Nick” Nicholas was third with 32 votes.
Maanum will now complete the term started by now Mayor Jack Evenson. Evenson completed two years of his four-year term as a council member before taking his oath as mayor for the next two years at the council’s Jan. 3 meeting.
Maanum will start her term with the council’s April 17 meeting. It will run through Dec. 31, 2024.
To fill the council vacancy until a new council member is seated, former council member and mayor Gary Landmark was appointed to the council. Landmark served as mayor from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, he served on the council for 24 years, from 1989 to 2013.
Current members of the council are Dan Enderson, Chris Carruth, Mark Schreck, and Landmark, along with Mayor Evenson.
Maanum is a graduate of Benson High School and attended Willmar Technical College for police officer education. She has worked at two jobs in her lifetime, Future Products of Benson for 14 years and Custom Roto Mold in Benson for the past 22 years. She currently serves as the quality manager at CRM.