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Voters to have choice for Petersburg borough mayor

It looks like there will be at least two candidates competing to be the first mayor of a Petersburg borough, if voters approve formation of the new government in December.

Two current city councilors Mark Jensen and Don Koenigs are planning to run for the borough mayor’s seat. Jensen has filled in as the mayor of the city of Petersburg when mayor Al Dwyer is not available and he’s filed his paperwork with the state to run for borough mayor. “This is my sixth year on council and I’ve been mayor pro tem for most of those years and I’d just like to see the transition process through,” Jensen said during a radio call in show this week. “I think I can help make it go smoothly, we’ll see. Depends on the vote.”

Jensen is a commercial fisherman and welder. He and new city council appointee John Hoag are the only two as of Tuesday who have filed paperwork for any of the borough seats. However, at the same radio show Monday, councilor Don Koenigs said he also planned to run for mayor.

“I have been a strong supporter of the borough and I felt as my past experience as mayor of the community and other experiences that I would put my name in so that there is at least a choice,” Koenigs said. He is a retired construction manager and was the city’s mayor back in the early 1980’s. He also briefly worked as Petersburg’s City Manager in the early 90’s.

Candidates have until October 24th to file paperwork for mayor, assembly members, planning commission, school board and hospital board.

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