Candidate Filings for Stillwater Mayor, City Council Close Today

Today is the last day to file for public office in Stillwater.

There are three seats up for election on the Stillwater City Council.

In the mayoral race, Ward 2 City Council Member Ted Kozlowski and John Rheinberger have filed to run for office.

In Ward 1, Ryan Collins will challenge incumbent Doug Menikheim, who will seek a second term on the council.

Mike Polehna is the only candidate to file in Ward 4.

The filing period closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3. If necessary, primary elections are Aug. 12.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Kozlowski, 37, was elected to the city council as Ward 2 representative in November 2013. He currently serves on the Stillwater City Council. He lives with his wife Rachael and two daughters, Amelia, 5, and Evelyn, 3, on the North Hill. He is the CEO of DemandQuest Marketing Institute.

Rheinberger is currently the water supervisor for Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation in District 3. He served a term on the Stillwater City Council in 2001, and ran for mayor in 2002 and 2006. Rheinberger is a lawyer, who has been featured for traveling to every country in the world.

Ward 1

Menikheim was elected to the city council as Ward 1 representative in 2011. He currently serves on the council. Menikheim graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and served a Naval career. 

Collins, a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Mahtomedi Middle School, currently serves on the Stillwater Planning Commission. He was appointed to the seat in December 2012.

Collins sat on the Washington County Historical Society Board of Directors from 2005-2008.

“For me, Stillwater isn’t just a town on a map,” Collins said. “I chose to live in Stillwater 11 years ago because there is no other place like it. I am very invested in our community and I am committed to representing the residents of Ward 1 on the City Council if elected.”

Collins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in history, from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where he went on to earn a masters degree in education. Collins lives with his wife, Lisa (Flipp) Collins, who was born and raised in Stillwater, and their two children, Alexis, 6, and Preston, 2. 

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