Waldhausen withdraws from Ward 1 election
BEMIDJI - Bemidji City Councilor Kevin Waldhausen is no longer seeking re-election.
In a letter emailed to city officials Tuesday night, Waldhausen, the Ward 1 representative, announced that he has decided to withdraw from this fall's election.
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve not only the residents of Ward 1, but the entire city of Bemidji," Waldhausen wrote. "I have embraced both the triumphs and trials of this city, not only in the past 3.5 years of my service, but in all of my years as a resident."
Waldhausen filed for re-election last week, indicating he would seek a second term on the council. Michael Meehlhause, a former student body co-president at Bemidji State University, filed for election in Ward 1 on Monday.
"I was very pleased that Mr. Michael Meehlhause filed for candidacy in Ward 1 and helped me with a decision I have been struggling with for the past two months," Waldhausen wrote. "I am announcing my withdrawal for re-election of Ward 1, City of Bemidji. Although I will certainly miss serving the residents of Bemidji, I will greatly enjoy more time to be with my family."
Waldhausen, who has served as the council representative to the BSU Student Senate, praised Meehlhause in his email.
"I have personally known Michael for the past five years and have worked closely with him during his time on the BSU Student Senate and eventually as the BSU co-president," he wrote. "Michael has one of the most genuine passions for this city as anyone I have known. He knows the issues of both Ward 1 and the city of Bemidji and will bring about an exciting, vibrant energy to the City Council."
With Waldhausen's withdrawal, Meehlhause will now seek election to Ward 1 unopposed.
"With great pleasure and confidence I fully support Mr. Meehlhause in his candidacy for Bemidji City Council, Ward 1, and I wish him the best," Waldhausen wrote.