Belle Plaine City Council Member Cary Coop has announced his candidacy for the House District 20A seat, which is currently occupied by Republican Kelby Woodard of Belle Plaine.

Woodard, who has served two terms, announced last week that he is not seeking reelection this year. He is moving to Texas to become the founding president of a Catholic high school in Dallas.

Coop said he plans to seek the endorsement of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently chair of Senate District 20 DFL and has been active in Democratic politics since 1972. 

He has lived in Belle Plaine for 26 years and has served on the city council for 18 years.

Coop and his wife, Sharon, have one child, Alicia.

Meanwhile, Bob Vogel of Elko New Market has announced he will seek the Republican endorsement for Woodard’s seat.

Pingalore to Seek Another Term as Mayor

Belle Plaine Mayor Mike Pingalore said he will seek a second two-year term this fall. Pingalore defeated then incumbent Tim Lies in the 2012 election.

Also up for election this year are the seats of council members Paul Chard and Scott Schneider. Chard said he will seek reelection and Schneider said he is undecided.

The mayoral seat is for two years. The two council seats are both for four years. If Coop wins the House election, it would open up a third seat on the city and someone would have to be appointed by the council to fill the remaining two years of his term. If Coop loses the election, he can fill the remaining two years of his term.

The filing period for these offices begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 20 and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The general election is Tuesday Nov. 4.  

Filing offices will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

The place of filing for city offices is at Belle Plaine City Hall, 218 North Meridian Street downtown. The filing fee is $2.  

For more information, contact Belle Plaine City Hall at 873-5553.