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Filing for elected office begins July 4

The filing period for the 2006 state primary and general elections, including county positions, and for municipal elections that require a primary, opens Tuesday and ends at 5 p.m. July 18.

The filing period for the 2006 state primary and general elections, including county positions, and for municipal elections that require a primary, opens Tuesday and ends at 5 p.m. July 18.

According to the Secretary of State's Web site, because July 4 is a state holiday on which unnecessary public business is prohibited by law, neither affidavits of candidacy nor nominating petitions will be accepted for filing and will not be processed on July 4.

However, Minnesota election statutes allow that nominating petitions may be circulated and signed from July 4 to July 18.

All seats in the state Legislature are up for election this year. According to a brochure on filing for office created by the Secretary of State, if a Senate or House district lies within only one county, a candidate files in that county. If the district crosses county lines, the candidate files with the Secretary of State.

County candidates file with county auditors. Candidates for city office file with the city clerk.

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Willmar

In the city of Willmar, the offices of mayor and four City Council members will be on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. All positions are four-year terms.

City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday said a candidate for mayor may live anywhere within the corporate limits of the city.

For the office of council member from Wards 1 through 4, candidates must reside in the respective ward boundaries.

Candidates must be 21 years of age or older at the time of taking possession of the office on Jan. 8, 2007.

Mayor Les Heitke has said he will file for re-election.

Council members whose terms will expire are Bruce DeBlieck, Ward 1; Ron Christianson, Ward 2; Rick Fagerlie, Ward 3; and Doug Reese, Ward 4.

Kandiyohi County

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Three members of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year, as well as four other officials.

The four-year terms of Commissioners Richard Falk of Willmar, Dean Shuck of rural Sunburg and Harlan Madsen of rural Lake Lillian are up.

Falk and Shuck said recently that they intend to file for re-election.

Madsen said he had been approached by individuals who had asked him to consider running for a statewide office. But Madsen said he did not intend to pursue a different political office but will file for re-election to the County Board.

The terms of County Attorney Boyd Beccue, Auditor Sam Modderman, Recorder Julie Kalkbrenner and Surveyor Duane Bonnema are also up for election.

There are also two open spots in Districts 2 and 5 for soil and water supervisors.

There is a $50 filing fee for County Board and statutory offices. The fee can be waived if a petition with 500 signatures is presented. Candidates must be 21 years of age.

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