Want to be at the head of East Grand Forks’ city government?
Citywide elections are Nov. 3, and the window to become a candidate for one of five elected positions at East Grand Forks City Hall opened Tuesday, July 28. It closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
The five spots up for grabs are the city’s mayor and City Council seats representing Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, plus an at-large seat that represents the city as a whole. Each is a four-year term.
To file as a candidate for any of those seats:
Call East Grand Forks City Hall staff at (218) 773-2483 to be let into the building, which city leaders closed to the public to ward off the coronavirus pandemic.
Fill out an affidavit of candidacy at the city’s administration office.
Pay a $2 filing fee.
The four council seats are held by Clarence Vetter, who served on the council from 2004-2007 and was elected to four-year terms in 2012 and again in 2016; Tim Riopelle, who was first elected in 2016; Council President Mark Olstad, who was voted to the council in 2012 and again in 2016; and Chad Grassel, who was elected in 2012 and 2016.
Grassel, the son of longtime council member Dick Grassel, said in December that he did not plan to run for a third term.
Mayor Steve Gander served on the council from 2002-2007, then was voted to his first term as mayor in 2016.
No one had filed for any of the five positions as of 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to city staff.
An electronic copy of Minnesota's affidavit of candidacy form is below: