by Dennis Dalman
Former Sartell city council member Pat Lynch has decided to toss his hat into the ring once again.
On May 16, Lynch announced he will file for a council seat, to be determined in the Nov. 4 election. There are two seats currently open as well as the position for mayor. The open council seats are now occupied by Sarah Jane Nicoll and David Peterson, both four-year terms. Nicoll recently announced she will file for mayor. The current mayor, Joe Perske, is now a candidate for the U.S. Congress Sixth-District seat.
Filings for the council and mayor positions opened May 20 and will close June 3. The filing fee is $5.
Lynch served on the council from 2007-10. He narrowly lost a bid for mayor of Sartell in the 2010 election.
Lynch, a graduate of St. John’s University, is co-founder and president of Granite Logistics Services, which is an agent for Trinity Logistics, based in Seaford, Del. The business in east Sartell employs 35 people. It works out logistics for mainly flatbed-truck transportation for a wide range of nationwide industries. From 1996-2006, Lynch was president of Payne Lynch and Associates in Sartell, which was also a logistical-transportation company.
“Sartell has been my home for 18 years and home to my business for most of that time,” Lynch said. “This is a wonderful community, and we need strong, experienced leadership for the future.”
Lynch vows to serve all the interests of the people in the city.
“As a Stearns County resident and a Benton County business owner, I believe I’m uniquely positioned to represent all Sartell interests,” he said. “I want a vibrant, dynamic city that attracts new residents and businesses and engages the people who live and work here.”
Lynch has long been active in city and regional activities.
He currently serves on the boards of CentraCare Clinic, Plaza Park Bank and the Good Samaritan Fund. He is also a member of the Sartell Economic Development Commission and Sartell’s Community Resource Facility Task Force.
In previous years, Lynch served on the boards of Catholic Charities, Junior Achievement and the St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership.