Filing for 5 odd-year elections open in north suburbs

As of July 30 candidate filing is open for this year’s regularly scheduled elections in the north suburbs — three school board races and two municipals.

Residents who live within the Roseville Review and Bulletin newspapers coverage areas are guaranteed a school board race in which to vote this fall.

The Mounds View Pubic School Board has three of its seven seats up for election, including that of school board chair Jonathan Weinhagen. 

The seat currently held by Heidi Danielson on the Mounds View board will also be up. Danielson was appointed to the board this summer to fill the seat vacated by Amy Jones, who left the board to focus on advocacy work.

There will be three seats up on the six-member Roseville Area School Board. There will also be three seats up on the St. Anthony-New Brighton School Board.

In Falcon Heights, the mayor’s seat and two council spots will be on the ballot, though only one of the council seats is currently filled. 

With Peter Lindstrom’s resignation as Falcon Heights mayor earlier this year — he was appointed to the Metropolitan Council — former council member Randy Gustafson was made mayor by his council colleagues, who opted not to appoint anyone to fill his seat.

The mayor’s seat and two city council spots will be up in St. Anthony, including the seat of appointed council member Thomas Randle.

The cost to file an affidavit of candidacy in any of the above races is $2. Filing closes on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m.

To be a candidate you must be eligible to vote, at least 21 years old upon taking office and live in the proper district for at least 30 days before the general election.

Candidates can file for any of the races above through Ramsey County Elections, 90 Plato Blvd. #160, St. Paul. Call the elections office at 651-266-2171. 

More information can be found at www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting by following the “Candidate filing” link.

St. Anthony candidates can also file at St. Anthony City Hall, 3301 Silver Lake Road.

 

The election that isn’t

The next New Brighton City Council election is in November 2020 though it wasn’t always that way. 

The city long held its municipal elections in odd years, though beginning in 2015 council members voted to switch the city’s elections to even years in an effort to increase voter turnout by piggybacking local races onto state and nationals, while also saving money in the process.

An initial 2015 ordinance passed by the council changing the election year was struck down in court. Following the 2017 city election, the council again voted to change from odd- to even-year elections. 

Those opposed to the change the second time successfully petitioned the city to put the 2017 election ordinance to a citywide vote. 

In November 2018 New Brighton voters were asked whether they wished to repeal the election year ordinance. 

The question failed with 62% of voters opting to keep the ordinance on the books and thus cementing the city’s move to even-year elections.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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