Sarah Jane Nicoll announced May 9 she will be a candidate for Sartell mayor in the Nov. 4 general election.
Currently, Nicoll is a member of the Sartell City Council, serving her first term after being elected in 2010 for a four-year term.
So far, Nicoll is the only candidate who has filed for the mayoral position. Current Mayor Joe Perske is the DFL-endorsed candidate for U.S. House District 6, a seat now occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater). His Republican opponent in that race is Tom Emmer.
Nicoll said her experience in city government, her pride in Sartell and her business skills are all good attributes for being mayor.
“I have decided to run for mayor because I believe strongly in the future of this city,” Nicoll said in her announcement statement. “I was privileged to grow up here and graduate from Sartell High School and it’s where I have chosen to raise my family, so I have a vested interest in ensuring this remains a strong community. I believe my experience serving on the council, along with my previous experience as a business owner, has provided me with the skills necessary to lead Sartell.”
Nicoll previously owned and operated Sarah Jane Nicoll Agency Inc., representing American Family Insurance for 10 years. She provided insurance products and financial services. She is now a stay-at-home wife and mother with three daughters.
Nicoll serves on Sartell’s Economic Development Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Committee, also known as S.A.L.T. Previously, she was a member on Sartell’s Public Works Commission and has served as the city’s acting mayor.
Nicoll is on the Catholic Charities Board of Directors and serves on the supervisory committee for the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.