Candidates Must File Soon
Residents wanting to run in the June election have less than a month remaining to get their name on the ballot. The deadline to file is April 11 at 4 p.m. for both county and city offices. The county auditor/treasurer is in charge of all elections in the county according to Karin Fursather, who holds the position.
In the county two seats are up, one in district two-which includes the northwest quadrant of the county-and one in district four-which comprises Christenson Township and the 4th ward of the City of Rugby. Mike Christenson and Duane Johnston, respectively, now represent those areas. They have not yet filed for re-election. Both positions are nonpartisan and are four-year terms.
To run for commissioner, a person must be a qualified elector in the district which he or she will serve. He or she must pick up an election packet from the county auditor/treasurer, which contains a Petition/Certificate of Nomination. The prospective candidate must then have the petition signed by at least 2 percent of the qualified voters in their district who cast a ballot in the last general election that the office appeared on the ballot. However, no more than 300 signatures are required.
The next step is to return the petition to the county auditor, fill in an Affidavit of Candidacy, which lists the office they are seeking plus other information; have it notarized and complete a Statement of Interests, a form on which the candidate states whether he or she is a business owner, the president of a company, and other information. The packet also contains a map of commissioner districts in the county.
The City of Rugby has four open council seats in the upcoming election, one in each ward. Gary Kraft, Terry Wentz, Bruce Rheault and James Hoffert currently hold those seats. A couple of those councilmen have picked up petitions, according to mayor Arland Geiszler. As in the county, a candidate must pick up an election packet, but at Rugby City Hall. He or she must be a qualified voter of the city, have been a resident of the city for at least nine months preceding the election and must reside in the ward he or she will represent. Terms are for four years. The petition form must be signed by no less than 10 percent of the qualified voters who voted in that ward in the last city election. Petitions must be returned to the city auditor.
The voters of Balta will be electing two positions in June, mayor and one council member. The process to run is similar to that of other cities. Mayor Mike Jundt has already completed the filing process. The council member, Shaana Hallof, cound not be reached for comment.
Wolford residents will see only one open position on the ballot, a city council seat being vacated by Fred Kanagy, who recently moved from the city. Council positions are elected at large in Wolford. According to Deb Zavada, auditor, one person has indicated a desire to run and has turned in the petition form.
This year, for the first time ever, residents of the county will be voting by mail in both the June and November elections. County auditor Karin Fursather and Rugby City Auditor Elizabeth Heisey both emphasize that major change in the process. Fursather says everyone who has been an active voter in the past plus everyone who will be turning 18 by election day will receive an application in the mail. After they return the application, the county will mail them a ballot which they then fill out and mail back. However, the county will have one precinct open in the courthouse on election day for voters preferring to cast their ballot in person.
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