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Sauk Rapids mayor Saunders not running for another term

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Mar 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (KNSI) - By the end of the year, Sauk Rapids will soon have its third mayor in 18 months.

Current mayor Dave Saunders announced Thursday he would not seek re-election as mayor. Saunders took over in June 2011 when Mark Campbell abruptly resigned from office.

Saunders said while his time as mayor was fun and rewarding, it was also a lot of work balancing his mayoral responsibilities with his day job as a financial secretary and treasurer for Construction and General Laborers Local 563 in the Twin Cities.

"It's hard to do both jobs so with all the work I have to do in 2013 and 2014, I thought it was best to step down and give somebody else a chance," Saunders said.

Before his six years on the Sauk Rapids City Council, Saunders spent another six years on the Coon Rapids City Council.

Candidates vying to succeed Saunders were expected to file to run for mayor by the end of May.

Current Sauk Rapids council member Brad Gunderson Thursday announced he'll be one of those running for that seat.

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