Filings open for six city council races

From July 31 through Aug. 14, residents in the cities of Andover, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Oak Grove, Nowthen and St. Francis will be able to throw their hat into the local political ring.

These six communities do not have primary elections for their city council races, so this is the time to register if you are interested in running for a council seat.

Any candidate who changes their mind and does not want to be on the ballot can withdraw by the end of the business day Aug. 16.

Andover

This will be a busy election season for Andover because four of the five seats on the council are up for election.

The Andover mayor’s seat is only a two-year term, so Mike Gamache must run for office again if he chooses to.

The seats of Councilmembers Sheri Bukkila, Tony Howard and Mike Knight also expire at the end of 2012.

Since September 2011, Howard has served in place of Don Jacobson, who was re-elected in 2010 to a four-year term but moved to Nisswa less than a year later. The remaining two years of Jacobson’s original term will be up for election while the seats now occupied by Bukkila and Knight will be four-year terms. Candidates must designate whether they are running for the two-year or four-year term.

Affidavits of candidacy must be filed with the deputy city clerk at Andover City Hall, 1685 Crosstown Blvd. N.W. The filing fee is $5.

Andover City Hall office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. City offices will remain open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

For more information, call Andover City Hall at 763-755-5100.

East Bethel

The term of the East Bethel mayor is two years long, so Richard Lawrence must file for re-election if he wants to serve on the council beyond 2012.

Councilmembers Bill Boyer and Steve Voss are the incumbents whose four-year terms are expiring.

Affidavits of candidacy must be filed with the deputy city clerk at East Bethel City Hall, 2241 221st Ave. N.E. The filing fee is $5.

East Bethel City Hall offices hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office hours will be extended until 5 p.m. on the final day of the filing period Tuesday, Aug. 14.

For more information, contact East Bethel City Hall at 763-367-7840.

Ham Lake

The four-year terms of Councilmembers Tom Johnson and Gary Kirkeide are expiring at the end of 2012. These are the only two seats up for election.

Affidavits of candidacy must be filed with the administrator of the city of Ham Lake at Ham Lake City Hall, 15544 Central Ave. N.E. The filing fee is $25.

Ham Lake City Hall office hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to noon on Friday.

For more information, contact Ham Lake City Hall at 763-434-9555.

Nowthen

The mayor and two council seats are up for grabs during the November election in Nowthen.

Mayor Bill Schulz is currently completing a four-year mayor’s term. Councilmembers Orval Leistico and Laurie Olmon currently hold the two, four-year council seats up in the coming election. Olmon has announced that she is not seeking re-election.

Those interested in serving as mayor or councilmember can file for office with the city clerk at the Nowthen city offices, 8188 199th Ave. N.W.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office hours will be extended to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 to accept filings.

There is a $2 fee that must be paid before an affidavit of candidacy will be accepted.

For more information, call 763-441-1347.

Oak Grove

There are two, four-year city council seats up for grabs in Oak Grove. They are currently held by Councilmembers Scott Lawrence and Kevin Robinson.

Interested individuals can file for office with the city clerk at Oak Grove City Hall, 19900 Nightingale St. N.W., Oak Grove.

City hall office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office hours will be extended until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 to accept filings.

There is a $2 fee that must be paid before an affidavit of candidacy will be accepted.

For more information, call 763-404-7000.

St. Francis

Four of five seats on the St. Francis City Council are up for election this fall.

The mayor’s seat now occupied by Jerry Tveit is a two-year term.

Three councilmember seats will be on the ballot. Two seats that Councilmembers Steve Kane and Jeff Sandoval now sit in are four-year terms. One councilmember seat only has two years remaining on it because former Councilmember LeRoy Schaffer was re-elected in 2010 to a four-year term. After Schaffer resigned in July 2011, the council appointed Tim Brown to fill the vacancy until at least the end of 2012. State statute requires a seat with at least two years remaining to be placed back on the ballot.

St. Francis residents must designate on the affidavit of candidacy whether they want to run for the mayor’s seat, the two-year councilmember term or one of the two four-year councilmember terms.

St. Francis City Hall is located at 23340 Cree St. N.W. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. City offices are closed on Fridays. Interested individuals can fill for office at city hall.

There is a $5 fee to file for one of these four open seats on the council.

For more information, call 763-753-2630.

Staff writers Kelly Johnson and Tammy Sakry contributed to this story.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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