Ward 3 council member’s seat isn’t up for election in November

    Ward 3 Crookston City Council Member Clayton Briggs filed his candidacy for Crookston mayor shortly after the candidate filing period for the 2018 Election in November opened Tuesday morning, July 31.

    Briggs’ council seat is not up for election in November. Asked by the Times, City Finance Director Angel Weasner said that if Briggs runs for mayor and loses, he will be able to return to his council seat and finish his term. If he is elected mayor and takes his seat in January of 2019, at that moment the council would have to begin the process of appointing someone from Ward 3 to finish Briggs’ term.

    Current Mayor Wayne Melbye, a longtime council member who was appointed mayor by the council in March of 2017 to finish the term of Gary Willhite, who resigned as mayor when he was elected in November 2016 to the Polk County Board of Commissioners, has announced that he will not be seeking a full term as mayor in the 2018 Election.

    Along with the mayor’s seat, four council seats are up for election in November as well, including Ward 2, Ward 4 and Ward 6, the seats held by Steve Erickson, Dennis Regan and Tom Vedbraaten, respectively. Also, the At Large seat held by Bob Quanrud is up for election; Quanrud previously announced he will not be seeking another term.

    Anyone who wants to run for mayor or one of the four council seats up for election may pick up an affidavit of candidacy from the clerk at city hall. Affidavits of candidacy must be filed with the clerk through Tuesday, Aug. 14 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (They will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the deadline day, Aug. 14.) The filing fee is $2.

    Weasner also noted in detailing the candidate eligibility criteria that candidates must possess a phone.

Crookston School Board

    Three of the six seats on the Crookston School Board of Independent School District 593 will be up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. They are the seats currently held by Tim Dufault, Adrianne Winger, and Patty Dillabough.

    As of press time Tuesday, attempts by the Times to find out if any school board candidates had filed their candidacies were unsuccessful.

    Similar to the City election, the candidate filing period also opened Tuesday, July 31 and closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Affidavits of candidacy are available at the Crookston School District office located at Crookston High School at 402 Fisher Avenue, Suite 593. The filing fee is $2.

    A candidate for the school board must be an eligible voter, must be at least 21 years of age upon the time of assuming office, must have been a resident of the school district for 30 days prior to the general election, and must have no other affidavit on file for any other office at the same primary or next ensuing general election.