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Candidate filing period for municipal elections opens

WORTHINGTON -- The candidate filing period for municipal and school district elections opened Tuesday, which means anyone wanting to throw a hat in the local ring needs to contact their city clerk or school administrators office and file for an open term.

The filing period remains open until Aug. 14, which also happens to be the date of the primary election.

In Independent School District 518 in Worthington, there are a quartet of 4-year terms up for election this time around. Currently those positions are occupied by Brad Shaffer, Linden Olson, Steve Schnieder and Joel Lorenz.

Anyone wishing to submit their name for candidacy can stop at the school district office at 1117 Marine Ave. There is a $2 filing fee.

In the city of Worthington, seats in the First and Second wards have terms ending in the fall, along with a councilmember-at- large seat. Currently in those positions are council members Scott Nelson, Lyle Ten Haken and Mike Woll.

Nelson has already stated his intention to run for a second term in his council seat. Ten Haken and Woll have announced intentions to retire.

Mike Kuhle, who is seated in the Second Ward, has filed for a Nobles County Board of Commissioners position. His council term runs through 2014, but the commission race could change that date.

Likewise, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh, whose term expires in 2014, is vying for a seat as Minnesota State Senator for District 22.

Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark said he encourages people who are interested to run for a council position.

"Good government depends on the people's participation," he explained. "One alternative for those who are civic minded in running for office."

It can be a time commitment, Clark acknowledged, but is rewarding for those who have served, and can be a great opportunity to give back to a community.

"It is also a great opportunity for other voices to be heard," he said.