Filing begins for school board and municipal seats

The candidate filing period for North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 school board seats and for some Review-area cities’ postitions opened July 31 and runs through Aug. 14. 

These races include city council and mayoral seats in North St. Paul, Lake Elmo and Oakdale.

These races will not be included in the Aug. 14 primary election, so residents will vote for their preferred candidates during the Nov. 6 general election.

In order to be placed on the ballot, those interested in becoming candidates must file for office in their respective cities or districts. This is done by handing in a completed affidavit of candidacy and paying a filing fee during the designated filing period.

In general, candidates must be eligible voters, at least 21-years-old, have been a resident of the relevant district or city for at least 30 days before the general election and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office in that year’s elections.

 

School Board

There will be three District 622 school board member positions expiring at the end of 2018, which are currently held by Caleb Anderson, Michelle Yener and Amy Coborn.

Those who wish to become candidates for school board positions can pick up an affidavit of candidacy from the school district election clerk at 2520 E. 12th Ave. in North St. Paul. The filing fee for this office is $2. Affidavits can be filed with the school district election clerk.

 

North St. Paul

In North St. Paul, two city council positions will be open for election. Those positions are currently held by council members Candy Petersen and Terry Furlong. The mayor’s position is also open for election this year. It is currently held by Mike Kuehn.

North St. Paul residents who are interested in vying for one of those positions can pick up an application packet from City Hall or Ramsey County Elections. They can then file an affidavit of candidacy with City Clerk Mary Mills and pay the $5 fee.

North St. Paul City Hall is located at 2400 Margaret St., and Ramsey County Elections office is located at 90 West Plato Blvd., Suite 160, St. Paul.

 

Lake Elmo

Two Lake Elmo City Council terms are expiring this year. Julie Fliflet and Jill Lundgren currently hold those positions.

Anyone wishing to become a candidate for a city council position must file an affidavit of candidacy with City Clerk Julie Johnson at Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. N. The filing fee is $2.

 

Oakdale

Oakdale city council members Lori Pulkrabek and Bill Rassmussen have terms expiring at the end of 2018, but those two city council seats will not be the only Oakdale positions on the general election ballot this fall. A partial city council term will be filled, as will a full, four-year mayoral term.

The partial city council term was created when Kristen Cici stepped down from her city council seat April 2017, and since then, Mark Landis was appointed to take over her duties until a special election could be held. This term ends December 2020.

The mayoral position that will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot should not be confused with the special election mayoral position, which will be listed on the primary election ballot Aug. 14.

The special election mayoral position is for the last few months of a term Stan Karwoski was originally voted to fill, which ends December 2018. Karwoski stepped down December 2016 and Paul Reinke was appointed to fill the role of mayor until a special election could be held. As the only applicant for the special election, Reinke will likely be the one who finishes out the year as Oakdale’s mayor.

The candidate who wins the Nov. 6 election to fill the full, four-year mayoral term will serve from January 2019 through December 2022.

Those wishing to become candidates for one of the two, city council terms, the partial city council term or the full mayoral term, can file an affidavit of candidacy in person with City Clerk Sue Barry at Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave. N. The filing fee is $5.

For more information about candidate filing for any area, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.mn.us.

 

– Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com

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