Lake Elmo elects two new council members

Lake Elmo voters are sending two new city council members to City Hall.

Challengers Lisa McGinn and Dale Dorschner won the two available council seats in the three-way race. Current council member Julie Fliflet didn’t run for re-election and her term ends at the end of the year, while the lone incumbent running, Jill Lundgren, was unsuccessful in her bid for re-election.

McGinn won more than 3,100 votes, or 38 percent of the tally, while Dorschner secured 36 percent of the vote. Lundgren came in third with 24 percent of the vote.

“I highly respect his background,” McGinn said of Dorschner, speaking after the election. She added she’s very confident in a more collaborative future for the Lake Elmo council.

“People want a more cooperative council,” said McGinn, pointing out the desire for the council to work together doesn’t necessarily mean that she and other members will always agree. “But we will be able to sit down and consider our differences.”

Dorschner and Lundgren could not be reached for comment. 

As for takeaways from the campaign trail, McGinn said residents like Lake Elmo’s “open spaces” and population diversity. In the last three or four years, said McGinn, the city has seen an influx of retired professionals. 

Those retirees, said McGinn, compliment a growing segment of young couples with young children. 

She said she looks forward to engaging with the changing resident dynamics and any “opportunities that bring Lake Elmo closer together as a city.”

McGinn and Dorschner will be sworn in come January.


–Solomon Gustavo can be reached at or 651-748-7815.

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