Filings open Tuesday

The 2014 election season officially gets underway when candidate filings open Tuesday. Filings will remain open from May 20 through Tuesday, June 3 for local, state and federal offices.

This filing period is only for offices for which there will be a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Federal offices on the state election ballot this year are U.S. Senator for the seat held by Sen. Al Franken along all of the state’s U.S. Congressional House districts.

Three of those House districts cover parts of Anoka County.

District 3, where Republican Erik Paulson is the incumbent, includes all of the city of Coon Rapids within it’s boundaries. District 5, where DFLer Keith Ellison is the incumbent, covers Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop and Spring Lake Park, as well as the city of Minneapolis.

The remainder of Anoka County is in the 6th District where incumbent Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will not run for re-election.

Candidates for those offices file at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office in St. Paul.

For the Minnesota House, as well as judicial offices, candidates can either file at the Secretary of State’s office or in the county where they live.

Gov. Mark Dayton will also be running for re-election this year.

Minnesota House seats will be up for election. Locally, this includes House district’s 31A, 31B, 35A, 35B, 36A, 36B, 37A, 37B, 38A, 41A and 41B.

Candidates for three Anoka County Board seats will be on the 2014 ballot, including representatives of District 4 (Jim Kordiak), District 5 (Carol LeDoux) and District 7 (Scott Schulte.)

Four cities in the ABC Newspapers coverage area will hold a primary if more than two candidates file for any seat. These include Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, and Ramsey.

In Anoka, Mayor Phil Rice’s seat will be up for election for a two-year term, as well as two at-large council seats currently held by Councilmembers Jeff Weaver and Carl Anderson. Both are four-year terms.

Coon Rapids residents will vote for a new mayor as well as two new council members. None of the incumbents, which include Mayor Time Howe and Ward 3 Councilmember Paul Johnson and Ward 5 Councilmember Bruce Sanders plan to run for re-election.

In Ramsey, The four-year councilmember seats that are up for election this November are currently held by Randy Backous, At-large; Jill Jones, Ward 1; and Jason Tossey, Ward 3.

The four-year councilmember seats up for election in Blaine are currently held by Wes Hovland, Ward 1; Dave Clark, Ward 2; and Kathy Kolb,Ward 3.

Candidates for city offices file at their respective city halls.

Staff Writer Eric Hagen contributed to this report.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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