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Filing for city, school board seats opens Tuesday

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Filing for city, school board seats opens Tuesday
Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

MORRIS – The filing period for city council and school board seats up for election in November 2014 begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

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Terms for Mayor Sheldon Giese and City Council members Jeff Miller and Brian Solvie will conclude at the end of 2014. Candidates interested in filing for city offices should do so at Morris City Hall (609 Oregon Avenue).

Seven school board members will finish their terms at the end of 2014: Lisa Kurtz, Robin Anderson, Brad Zimmel, Doug Stahman, Kurt Gartland, Lory Lemke and the temporary replacement for Christy Hubbard, who resigned from the board in June.

Under the consolidation agreement with Cyrus, voters will only replace three seats on the board with two four-year terms and one two-year term. Candidates interested in running for the school board should file at the District Office (201 South Columbia Avenue). Candidates will need to specify whether they are running for a four-year or two-year term.

The filing period for federal, state and county races closed in June.

Here’s a rundown of the local seats up for election and the candidates who have filed. Minnesota’s primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 12.

State Representative District 12A – Incumbent Jay McNamar (DFL) will be challenged by either Republican Nancy Taffe of Morris or Republican Jeff Backer of Browns Valley.

Stevens County Board of Commissioners – Current Commissioner Jeanne Ennen is the only candidate to file for a seat in District 2. In District 5, Laurie Vavra will challenge sitting Commissioner Phil Gausman for the seat.

Other filings include Jason Dingman for Sheriff, Aaron Jordan for County Attorney, Neil Wiese for County Auditor/Treasurer, Virgina Mahoney for County Recorder, James Krosch for Soil and Water Supervisor in District 3 and Greg Fynboh for Soil and Water Supervisor in District 2.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for both business and public affairs reporting. 
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