Local election season starts ramping up
Election talk and planning has been ongoing for months — if not longer — but it’s almost time for candidates to make it official.
The filing period for most offices open this fall, from local county and city positions to governor or U.S. representative, runs from May 20 to June 3. Filing ends at 5 p.m. June 3.
Government offices will be closed for Memorial Day on May 26.
Here are open positions that represent area residents:
•County commissioner, District 2 and District 4
•Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, District 1 and District 2
•Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, District 3 (special election)
The county office filing fee is $50. Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor fee is $20. Candidates should file with the county auditor at the Government Center in Red Wing.
City of Red Wing
•City Council, combined Wards 1 and 2, Ward 3, Ward 4 and at-large seat
The filing fee is $5 and candidates must file with the city clerk at City Hall.
Red Wing School Board
There are three at-large Red Wing School Board positions up for election this fall. The filing period runs July 29 to Aug. 12, and candidates can withdraw until Aug. 14. The fee is $2 and candidates must file at the district office.
State of Minnesota and Legislature
•Governor and lieutenant governor
•Secretary of State
Filing fee: $300
•State representative, District 21A, District 21B and District 58B
Filing fee: $100
•Judicial offices include
•Associate Justice – Supreme Court, Seats 2 and 3
•Judge – Court of Appeals, Seats 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12 and 15
•Judge – First District Court, Seats 1, 3, 5, 12, 16, 18, 27, 28, 30, 31 and 32
Filing fee for state judicial office: $300.
For state or judicial positions, candidates can file with the county auditor where they live or with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.
There is also a U.S. Senate seat up for election, as well as the U.S. House seat for District 2.
Filing fees are $400 for senator and $300 for representative. Candidates for federal offices must file with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
In general, candidates have until June 5 to withdraw their candidacy, though there are different rules for withdrawal for state constitutional offices.
Election Day is Nov. 4. Primaries will be held as needed on Aug. 12.
For more information, contact local offices or the secretary of state. Information is available at www.sos.state.mn.us; click on “Elections & Voting.”