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833 board filing opens

Filing for the District 833 School Board opened July 3 and will close at the end of the business day on Tuesday, July 17.

Because two board seats were filled by appointment, two two-year seats are up for election.

Alberder Gillespie, of Woodbury, was appointed to serve out the term of Carrie Olson, who resigned to take a job in the district's transportation department. Katy McElwee Stevens, Newport, was appointed to fill the term of Al Olson who died shortly after he was elected.

According to Minnesota law regarding school board elections, those who are appointed must run in the next regularly scheduled election for two-year terms.

Both said they will file for election. Gillespie said she will file for a four-year term. McElwee Stevens is undecided whether to file for a two or four-year term.

Board members Jim Gelbmann and Ron Kath said they will run for re-election to four-year terms. Board Member Tracy Brunnette said she will file for a two or four-year term.

If there are more than four candidates for the two-year terms or more than six candidates for the four-year terms, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The four receiving the most votes for both two and four-year terms will be on the general election ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Packets containing information about becoming a school board member, affidavit of candidacy, campaign manual from the Minnesota Secretary of State and candidate filing information from the district are available at the District Service Center, 7362 Point Douglas Drive S., Cottage Grove, weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a $2 filing fee.

Candidates must be a district resident for 30 days and must be 21 years old by Jan. 1, 2008. He or she may not file for another office in the same election or be a registered convicted offender.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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