By Lynda Jensen
The election this year features numerous state representatives, county commissioner seats, as well as big ticket positions such as US senate, US vice president and president.
At the moment, the fall ballot is being filled with candidate hopefuls, with filing open for several positions through Tuesday, July 15.
School board and city council positions are also up, but that filing period runs from Tuesday, Aug. 26 to Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Two county commissioner seats are open in Wright County this year according to the Secretary of State web site, the position currently served by Jack Russek of Delano (District 3), and the position served by Karla Heeter of Silver Creek Township, which is District 1 (primarily the Annandale area).
Heeter has said she will not re-file and has taken a job elsewhere. She was first elected to the board in 2003 to fill a half term through 2004.
Filings have been active, with several stepping forward so far. This includes the following candidates: Annandale Mayor Sam Harmoning, Steven Duncan of Monticello, Rose Thelen of Clearwater, Trish Taylor of Annandale, and Teri Lachermeier of Buffalo.
Several candidates are also interested in Russek’s position for District 3, including Russek, former Delano mayor Jon Steinmetz, and Matt Walker of Buffalo.
Russek was first elected to the County Board in 1992, and his current term expires December 31, 2008.
Meeker features one county commissioner seat open, that of District 5 served by Ron Kutzke. He has re-filed.
Three positions are open for county commissioner in McLeod County, those served by Ray Bayerl, who has re-filed, Bev Wangerin, who has also re-filed, and the seat being served by Chairman Grant Knutson for District 3, who has said he will not re-file.
Filings so far focus on Knutson’s position, with three people stepping forward so far, Becky Felling, Doug Kenning, and Marty Martin; all three of Hutchinson.
Two positions are up in Carver County, those served by Tim Lynch of Mayer and Tom Workman of Chanhassen. The incumbents are the only two who have re-filed.
State representative seats open
This year also features several state representative seats open. State senate seats are not up for election.
For state representative in District 18A, incumbent Ron Shimanski of Silver Lake has filed. District 18A includes all of McLeod County, plus Collinwood Township, Cedar Mills, and Cedar Mills Township in Meeker County.
Similarly in District 18B, incumbent Dean Urdahl has filed so far. District 18B includes the cities of Annandale, Cokato, Howard Lake, and South Haven, and the townships of Cokato, Corinna, French Lake, Middleville, Stockholm, and Southside in Wright County, and extends west into Meeker County.
The seat served by Tom Emmer of Delano is also up, with two candidates so far, Emmer himself and Christine Brazelton of Delano.
District 19B consists of communities in eastern Wright County and a small portion of western Hennepin County. These include the cities of Albertville, Delano, Hanover, Montrose, Otsego, Rockford, St. Michael, Waverly; and townships Franklin, Rockford, Victor, and Woodland.
In District 19A, incumbent State Rep. Bruce Anderson of Buffalo has filed, along with DFL challenger Jim Bakula of Monticello. District 19A includes: the townships Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Marysville, Monticello, and Silver Creek; and the towns Buffalo, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Monticello, and Silver Creek.
The seat served by State Rep. Paul Kohls is also up, with Kohls re-filing. District 34A consists of Hollywood Township and the City of New Germany.
Congressional seats open
All three local congressional seats are up for election, those served by John Kline (District 2), Michele Bachmann (District 6), and Collin Peterson (District 7).
Kline has re-filed for his seat, with no one else filing yet. Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District spans the width of the entire southern metro area and contains all of Carver, Scott, Le Seuer, Goodhue and Rice counties.
No one has filed for District 7 yet. This district encompasses a huge chunk of area that is west of the Twin Cities. At its eastern end, it includes voters in the townships of Winsted, Bergen, Hale and Rich Valley; and the cities of Winsted and Lester Prairie.
For District 6, Aubrey Immelman of Sartell has filed so far. There are no other candidates as of yet.
Interested in filing for office?
Filing for office is easy simply contact the county auditor and stop by to fill out an affidavit of candidacy. There is a nominal fee.
Wright Co., Buffalo - (763) 682-3900
McLeod Co., Glencoe - (320) 864-1260
Carver Co., Chaska - (952) 361-1910