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Candidates already beginning to file for this year’s elections

This week signals the official opening of the candidate filing period for many local and state offices, and candidates are already beginning to step up to the plate. The filing period began Tuesday, May 20, and ends Tuesday, June 3.

This week signals the official opening of the candidate filing period for many local and state offices, and candidates are already beginning to step up to the plate. The filing period began Tuesday, May 20, and ends Tuesday, June 3.

Candidates for federal, state, county and some local offices must file for office during this time period in order for their names to appear on the primary ballot.

Municipal and school district candidates in Carlton County will file for office July 29 to Aug. 12, with the exception of cities that elect by ward - including Cloquet, which is part of the current filing period.

Among the key local offices up for grabs this year will be the county offices of auditor, attorney, sheriff, coroner, Commissioner Districts 2 and 4, and Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors in Districts  2 and 3.

Notable county candidate filings thus far this week include: Marv Bodie (incumbent) for Commissioner District 2; Paul Mickelson for Commissioner District 4; Paul Gassert (incumbent) for county auditor/treasurer; and Thom Pertler (incumbent) and Dennis Genereau for county attorney.

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The position of Sixth Judicial Court Judge in Carlton County will also be up for election this year, with Robert Macaulay (incumbent) already filing his certificate of candidacy this week.

In the city of Cloquet, offices up for election include mayor, Ward 1 council member, Ward 2 council member and Ward 3 council member. Filing for those posts thus far this week are: David Manderfeld (incumbent) for Ward 1, and Roger Maki (incumbent) for Ward 3.

This election year, Minnesota voters will also head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House seats.

Updated filings can be followed as they are received on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at: http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us .

Candidates must file with the appropriate office.

Candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress must file with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Candidates for State House of Representatives, constitutional offices or judicial offices may file either with the secretary of state or in their county of residence.

Candidates for county office must file with their county auditor, and municipal candidates must file with their municipal clerk.

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School district candidates must file with their school district clerk.

Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer Paul Gassert called attention to the fact that people can now go online to register to vote in this year’s elections, and they can also apply online for an absentee ballot. For more information, Gassert can be contacted at 218-384-9127.

Primary Election Day is Aug. 12, and General Election Day is Nov. 4.

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