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Thompson files for Bemidji City Council; Johnson files for mayor, Downs files for re-election

Jim Thompson, a former commissioner with the Northern Town Board, has filed for election for the at-large position on the Bemidji City Council.

Thompson was the only candidate to file for the at-large councilor positions.

Other city filings from Tuesday were:

-- Current Ward 3 Councilor Ron Johnson filed for mayor.

-- Current Ward 4 Councilor Jerry Downs filed for re-election.

Election filing runs through June 1.

Thompson served on the Northern Town Board for three years, during which time he also served on the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board.

He is a retired doctor and is also known as "Tuba Jim," according to a press release.

Thompson has been a resident of the area since 1937, except for the time he spent pursuing his secondary education, according to the press release.

He is a member of the North Country Regional hospital Foundation and a board member for the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

Barb Meuers, the current at-large councilor, has announced that she will not seek re-election.

Richard Lehmann, the current mayor, has been endorsed by the Republican Party to oppose incumbent State Rep. John Persell, DFL-District 4A, in this year's election.

Downs has been a member of the City Council since 2000.