Election Filings are Open

It's a holiday week, so there are no meetings on the City Hall schedule. There's a lot of action, however, as people decide whether to file for any of the open seats on the City Council. Filings opened yesterday and end July 18, so we don't have to wait long for an answer. The filing period is the same for the Northfield Public Schools, where three School Board seats also are open.

The three City Council positions open are those now held by Jim Pokorney in the first ward, Galen Malecha in the fourth ward and Dixon Bond, who serves at-large.

Here's the lowdown from the Northfield city website:

All positions serve a term of four years, 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2010. The filing period begins on Wednesday, July 5 at 8 a.m. and closes on Tuesday, July 18 at 5 p.m. Interested candidates must file an affidavit of candidacy with the city clerk at the Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street, Northfield. There is a $5 filing fee. Candidates must be qualified to vote, be at least 21 years of age on the date he or she would assume office, a resident of the City and of any ward he or she seeks to represent, or will become a resident therein at least 30 days before the election. If more than two people file for a position, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 12. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7. Contact Deb Little, City Clerk, for additional information.

And here's the info from the Northfield Public Schools:

Interested candidates must file an affidavit of candidacy with the school district at the Northfield Public Schools District Office, 1400 Division Street South, Northfield, during regular business hours, which is Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 4:30 p.m.

There is a filing fee of $2 that must be paid at the time of filing. Candidates must be at least 21 years old or will be on assuming office, an eligible voter, a resident of the Northfield School District for at least 30 days prior to the election and have not been convicted of an offense for which registration is required under Minnesota Statutes, section 243.166.

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 7. There will be three four-year positions available. The term of office will be from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2010. The positions are currently held by Kari Nelson, Noel Stratmoen and Mike Berthelsen, who completed the term vacated by Jean Boardman.

We at Northfield.org will be updating election information as it becomes available. If you are filing, you can use the Submit News option and let us know or call me at 507-645-5620.