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Local election season starts ramping up

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Election talk and planning has been ongoing for months — if not longer — but it’s almost time for candidates to make it official.

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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:

Goodhue County

Positions:

•County commissioner, District 2 and District 4

•Sheriff

•County Attorney

•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

Open positions:

•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

Openings:

•Governor and lieutenant governor

•Secretary of State

•Attorney General

•State Auditor

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.

Federal government

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.”

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
(651) 301-7877
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