Filing for city council seats to start July 31

By Amanda Schwarze
Staff Writer

People interested in serving as a city council member may file paperwork beginning July 31 to get their names on the November ballot.

The Long Lake, Maple Plain, Minnetonka Beach and Orono City Councils will each have several seats on the ballots. People who want to run for one of those positions have from July 31 through Aug. 14 to file the necessary paperwork. Filing may be completed at city hall. There is a $2 filing fee.

Long Lake

In Long Lake, voters will select a mayor and two city councilors. The mayoral seat comes with a two-year term and the city council seats come with four-year terms.

The three incumbents whose positions will be on the ballot are Mayor Tim Hultmann and City Councilors Brian Carpenter and Liz Olson.

Maple Plain

Maple Plain voters will also vote for a mayor and two city councilors. The terms of current Mayor John Sweeney and Councilors Dave Eisinger and Justin McCoy will be up at the end of this year.

McCoy was recently appointed to the council to fill the vacancy left by former Councilor Gene Couser’s resignation. His appointment, though, was only through the end of the year.

In Maple Plain, the mayoral and city council seats come with four-year terms.

Minnetonka Beach

In Minnetonka Beach, four city positions will be on the ballot. Voters will select a mayor, two city councilors and one treasurer. The incumbents are Mayor Joann Anderson, City Councilors Michelle Kroll and Linn Ferguson and Treasurer Rick Skalla.

The terms for mayor and treasurer are two years and the terms for city councilors are four years.

Orono

In Orono, voters will select a mayor and two city councilors as the terms of Mayor Lili McMillan, Doug Franchot and David Rahn will expire at the end of the year.

The mayoral seat comes with a two-year term and the city council seats come with a four-year term.

Other seats on the ballot

The filing period for people wishing to seek seats as county commissioners or state legislatures closed June 5. Some of those races will require a primary election, which will be held Aug. 14.

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, the following people had filed by the June 5 deadline.

State senator

Three people have filed for the District 33 Minnesota Senate seat, which had long been filled by Republican Gen Olson who has retired from the senate.

Two Republicans have filed for the position. Current 33B State Representative Connie Doepke of Orono filed, as did current Mound City Councilor David Osmek.

Democrat Judy Rogosheske of Orono also filed for the seat.

State representative

Two people have filed for the District 33A Minnesota House of Representatives seat. Republican Steve Smith of Mound currently represents District 33A, but because of redistricting he will not be eligible to represent the district after the end of this year.

Democrat Todd Mikkelson of Orono filed for the seat as did Republican Jerry Hertaus of Greenfield.

Three people have filed for the District 33B seat, including current 33A Representative Smith. Cindy Pugh of Chanhassen, also a Republican, filed as well.

Mound resident and Democrat Denise Bader also filed for the 33A seat.

House District 33A now includes the cities of Corcoran, Greenfield, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, a portion of Orono, St. Bonifacius and Wayzata. House District 33B now includes the cities of Mound, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Tonka Bay, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Greenwood and parts of Orono and Chanhassen.

County commissioner

The seats of Hennepin County Commissioners for districts 6 and 7 will also be on the November ballot. District 6 covers Deephaven, northern Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, most of Orono, Shorewood, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland. District 7 covers Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Hassan township, Independence, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Mound, Rogers, St. Bonifacius, Spring Park and portions of Hanover and west Orono.

In District 6, incumbent Commissioner Jan Callison of Minnetonka filed, as did Excelsior resident Dave Wahlstedt. In District 7, only incumbent Jeff Johnson of Plymouth filed. The county commissioner seats are nonpartisan.

More information on filing and voting as well as the primary and general election may be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.mn.us.

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