Candidate Filing Ends Tuesday, June 5, 2012, for Many Elective Offices
Two Fridley city seats are up for election this year: mayor and council member-at-large.
Corrected below. Tuesday marks the end of the filing period for anyone in Fridley who wants to run for a number of elected offices— from Fridley mayor and at-large council member to U.S. Congress.
From the City of Fridley website:
Individuals wishing to file for office must file between May 22 and 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2012. City offices up for election are Mayor and Councilmember-at-Large. At the time of filing, a Nomination Petition and a $10 filing fee are required. The Nomination Petition must be circulated during the candidate filing period, and those signing the petition must be active registered voters of the City of Fridley. Please note City offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 (closed). If a candidate wishes to withdraw, the Notice of Withdrawal must be received by the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012.
Before office hours Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Secretary of State website showed incumbent Mayor Scott Lund as the only candidate to file to run for mayor. Two candidates have filed to run for council member-at-large: Bob Barnette, who currently holds the seat and filed May 29; and Rick Wolfe, who filed on Monday.
Other seats (some for which a primary is not possible have different filing periods):
- Board of the Columbia Heights School District (Independent School District No. 13), which includes part of Fridley (three open seats, with four candidates having filed for office before office hours on Tuesday).*
- Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (no primary but the filing period is the same as for offices that could have primaries: May 22–June 5).
- North Suburban Hospital District (no primary so filing dates are later)
- State representative for Fridley
- State senator for Fridley
- U.S. House of Representatives
- U.S. Senate
If you want to represent Fridley on the Anoka County Commission, you'll have to wait 'til 2014 to run. Fridley is in the one Anoka County commission district that didn't have enough population change in the 2010 U.S. Census to require an election this year.
*Correction: An earlier version of this post said there were five candidates who had filed for Columbia Heights school board. As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, there are four. I believe the first tally was incorrect but I'll check to confirm that none dropped out.