Filings open for city, school, township seats
If you've thought about running for public office, now is the time.
The filing period for city, school and township positions opened on July 31 and will remain open through Tuesday, Aug. 14.
In and around Osakis, several positions are up for election, including:
Osakis City Council — the mayor and two council seats.
Nelson City Council — the mayor and two council seats.
West Union — mayor, one council seat and city clerk.
Miltona Township — two supervisor positions, Seat B and Seat C, and township treasurer.
Osakis School Board — three school board positions.
For more information about filing, check with your city or township clerk.
The primary election is also coming up. It will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
To see your primary ballot or to find out where to vote, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website at www.sos.state.mn.us and search for "primary ballot."
In addition to the local positions, state and federal races will also be on the ballot — two U.S. Senate seats, U.S. representative, governor and lieutenant governor, and attorney general.
(Primaries needed only when there is more than one candidate in a party)
U.S. Senate (full six-year term)
Republican: Jim Newberger, Rocky De La Fuente, Rae Hart Anderson, Merrill Anderson
Democrat: Amy Klobuchar(i), Leonard Richards, David Robert Groves, Stephen Emery, Steve Carlson.
Green: Paula Overby
Legal Marijuana Now: Dennis Schuller
U.S. Senate (to fill two years of Franken term)
Republican: Karin Housley, Nikolay Nikolayevich Bey, Bob Anderson
Democrat: Tina Smith, Richard Painter, Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr., Nick Leonard, Gregg Iverson, Ali Chehem Ali
Unaffiliated: Jerry Trooien
Legal Marijuana Now: Sarah Wellington
U.S. House District 7
Republican: Dave Hughes, Matt Prosch
Democrat: Collin Peterson(i)
Republican: Jeff Johnson-Donna Bergstrom, Matt Cruse-Thomas Loeffler, Tim Pawlenty-Michelle Fischbach
Democrat: Tim Holden-James Mellin II, Erin Murphy-Erin Maye-Quade, Ole Saavior-Chris Edman, Lori Swanson-Rick Nolan, Tim Walz-Peggy Flanagan
Libertarian: Josh Welter-Mary O'Connor
Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis: Chris Wright-Judith Schwartzbacker
Secretary of state
Republican: John Howe
Democrat: Steve Simon(i)
Independence: William Denney
Republican: Pam Myhra
Democrat: Julie Blaha
Libertarian: Chris Dock
Legal Marijuana Now: Michael Ford
Republican: Robert Lessard, Sharon Anderson, Doug Wardlow
Democrat: Keith Ellison, Tom Foley, Debra Hilstrom, Matt Pelikan, Mike Rothman
Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis: Noah Johnson
(i) indicates the candidate is an incumbent