Candidates aren't rushing to file

Whether it's procrastination, indecision, indifference or just plain lack of interest, candidates haven't been beating down the doors to file for this fall's local elections.

With only two business days left before filings close Tuesday, July 18, there are few candidates on record for the three City Council and three School Board seats up for grabs.

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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. None of them have filed, and Dixon Bond, now 70 and a six-year veteran of the council, has announced he would love to see someone take over for him. He says he'll run only if he feels he is needed. Galen Malecha has indicated he may run for Rice County Commissioner, but hasn't made up his mind. Pokorney hasn't made any public announcements.

That leaves two people who have filed as of mid-afternoon Friday. Norm Butler, 1001 Division St., has filed in the at-large race. James Herreid, 13 Riverside Commons East, has filed in the first ward race.

The Northfield city website lays out the details. These are four-year terms, running through the end of 2010. There's a $5 filing fee, you have to be 21 years old when you take office, and you have to have lived in the city (or ward) for 30 days before the election.
If more than two people file for a position, a primary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Contact Deb Little, City Clerk, for additional information.

Over at the Northfield Public Schools, incumbents Kari Nelson, Noel Stratmoen and Mike Berthelsen have filed to run for new terms. So far, they are unopposed.

Interested candidates can file at the district office, adjacent to Northfield High School before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The filing fee is a bargain, just $2. Terms are four years.
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.

We at will be updating election information after the filing deadline Tuesday. If you are filing, you can use the Submit News option and let us know or call us at 507-645-5620.