Election season is now upon the residents of Maple Grove and Osseo. Next week marks the beginning of when interested individuals may file for office.
Residents of Maple Grove and Osseo interested in running for city council positions in either city can file Affidavits of Candidacy between Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. Candidates that have filed may withdraw up until Thursday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.
The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4. Residents will be able to vote for their city election, as well as other state and federal government elections between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Absentee balloting begins Friday, Sept. 19, for the general election.
Residents may register to vote at either the Maple Grove Government Center, Osseo City Hall, or online at mnvotes.org.
In Maple Grove, there are three positions on the city council that will be vacant at the end of the year. All terms will begin January 2015.
• Mayor — This is a four-year term currently held by Mayor Mark Steffenson.
• Two council member seats — These are four-year terms currently held by Karen Jaeger and Phil Leith.
Affidavits of Candidacy, filing fee and statement of economic interest are required to be completed with the Deputy City Clerk. The filing fee is $5 for any of the positions. Business hours at Maple Grove Government Center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Candidates must be eligible voters, be 21 years of age by assuming office and maintained a residence in the district where they reside 30 days prior to the election.
The city of Maple Grove’s website (www.maplegrovemn.gov) has the voter registration application as well as other information under elections.
The city of Osseo has three positions up at the end of the year with one special election to fill a council seat. All terms will begin January 2015.
• Mayor — This is a two-year term currently being held by Mayor Duane Poppe.
• Two council member seats — These are four-year terms currently held by Allan Hartkopf and Rick Weber.
• Special election for council member seat — This is to fill the remaining two years of Bonnie Heinen’s position. Daniel Spanier has been temporarily filling in the seat until the end of the year.
Affidavits of Candidacy for the offices mentioned are available at Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Ave., during regular business hours. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The filing fee is $2.
Any candidate for office must be eligible to vote, 21 years of age or more on assuming office and have been a resident of Osseo for 30 days before the general election.