Voters who've already grown weary of political charges and counter-charges may be surprised to learn the official political season doesn't start until Tuesday.
And it will be a busy campaign since redistricting dictates the entire Legislature is up for election, as well as county board members whose districts have changed.
Tuesday through July 16 is the filing period for state and county offices. The filing period for cities such as Brainerd that don't have primaries is Aug. 27-Sept. 10. City candidates may register at their city hall.
County candidates or state candidates whose districts do not cross county lines may file at their county auditor's office. In Crow Wing County this list includes candidates for District 12A state representative; commissioners for districts 2, 3 and 4; county auditor; county treasurer; county recorder; county sheriff; county attorney; and Soil and Water Conservation supervisors for districts 2 and 3.
Filings for office at the Crow Wing County auditor's office will be accepted starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday and ending at 5 p.m. July 16. Candidates who will be absent from the state during this period may arrange to file before their departure.
The auditor's office is on the second floor of the Crow Wing County Courthouse, 326 Laurel St., Brainerd, MN, 56401-3590. The office will be closed July 4.
Candidates for offices whose districts cross county lines must file by mail or in person with the secretary of state's office, 180 State Office Building, 100 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55105-1299.
In Crow Wing County, this list of candidates includes District 4 state senator, District 12 state senator, District 4B state representative, District 12B state representative and judicial candidates.
Judges in the Ninth Judicial District whose terms are up include John Solien, Aitkin; Michael Haas, Walker; Charles H. LeDuc II, International Falls; Donald J. Aandal, Warren; Michael J. Kraker, Mahnomen; Lois J. Lang, Grand Rapids; Jay D. Mondry, Park Rapids; Dave Ten Eyck, Brainerd; and Kurt J. Marben, Crookston.
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