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Candidate filing now open for City and School Board offices
Candidate filing for City of Rochester municipal and Rochester Public Schools school board contests opened today at 8 a.m. By the close of business for the day, eight candidates in total filed with the City Clerk’s Office to appear on the ballot for one of the four City or three school district seats up for election in 2020. Candidate filing is open for a two week period, through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.
Open City seats appearing on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot include Councilmember for Wards 2, 4, and 6, as well as the Councilmember-at-large seat that serves as the Council President. School Board Member positions 1, 3, and 7 are also up for election. Candidates for any of these offices file with the Rochester City Clerk’s Office, and can choose to do so in person, electronically or by mail. If more than two candidates file for a seat, that office will appear on the ballot as part of the August 11 Primary.
Affidavits of candidacy are posted daily as received for all city and school board races on the City website. Candidates filing today on the first day of filing include:
FOR COUNCILMEMBER WARD 2:
FOR COUNCILMEMBER WARD 4:
Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick
FOR COUNCILMEMBER WARD 6:
FOR COUNCILMEMBER-AT-LARGE (COUNCIL PRESIDENT):
FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER:
Karen MacLaughlin (Position 3)
Deborah Seelinger (Position 3)
Mark Schleusner (Position 7)
Dr. Jess Garcia (Position 7)
A candidate filing packet including information from the Secretary of State’s Office as well as Local Candidate Filing Basics with all required forms can be accessed on the City of Rochester website. As a result of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, there are some changes in place for the filing process this year. The state legislature has authorized electronic filing for the first time. Candidates are encouraged to consider using either e-filing or filing by mail to minimize direct contact opportunities as part of the filing process. Although City Hall is closed right now, in-person filing is available in a designated area of the building. Candidates are encouraged to call the City Clerk’s Office at 507-328-2900 in order to schedule a time to file if they wish to do so in person.
Candidate filing will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Candidates can withdraw from contention until 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, by submitting an affidavit of withdrawal to the City Clerk’s Office.
Filing by any method requires the full submission of all required elements at the time of filing. This includes:
Affidavit of Candidacy – requires notarization
Ethics Disclosure Form (only required for City Council candidates)
Filing Fee or petition in lieu of fee
City Council positions = $50.00
School Board Member positions = $2.00
How to file
Email all required forms to email@example.com, then call the Clerk’s Office at 507-328-2900 to pay the appropriate filing fee.
Mail or Delivery Service
Mail all required forms with a check or money order payable to the City of Rochester to:
Office of the City Clerk
201 4th St SE, Room 135
Rochester, MN 55904
A delivery service, such as UPS or FedEx, can also be used for submission of required filing items. Regardless of method of delivery, all filing materials must be received (not post marked) by 5 p.m. on June 2.
File in person in room 104 of City Hall beginning at 8:00 a.m. on May 19. City Hall is located at 201 4th St SE. Door E of City Hall, nearest to room 104, will be open during the two-week filing period to allow candidates to access the building. A filing official will be able to notarize the affidavit of candidacy at the time of filing.
Because City Hall is still closed to the public with reduced staffing, candidates are being asked to call and schedule an appointment for in-person filing to ensure minimal wait times. Reach the City Clerk’s Office at 507-328-2900.
About elections in the City of Rochester
The City’s website includes comprehensive elections information for voters, candidates, and anyone looking to get involved and get more information at www.rochestermn.gov/vote. Find details about all offices appearing on the ballot in 2020 there, including how to file for federal, state, and county offices with the appropriate filing officials. Local contests with more than two candidates will be moving forward to appear on the ballot in the August 11 Primary. Contests with two or fewer candidates will move directly to the general election on November 3, 2020.
Voters can start preparing now to vote in August and November with a number of online tools, including checking the status of their voter registration, registering to vote if needed, and requesting a mail ballot now to be sent out starting 46 days before each election. Early absentee voting will begin by mail and in person for the August 11 Primary on Friday, June 26.
Residents who are interested in getting involved and helping their friends and neighbors vote can also sign up online now at www.rochestermn.gov/electionjudge. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 507-328-2900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information about the 2020 election season.