Wednesday, Dec. 2 marked the first day candidates could file to run to fill the Mower County Board of Commissioners vacancy to represent District 1.

The Mower County Board of Commissioners, at their Nov. 24 board meeting, approved a special election to be held to fill the vacancy on the board created by the sudden passing of Commissioner Tim Gabrielson on Nov. 10.

Commissioner Gabrielson was re-elected on Nov. 3 to another four-year term to represent District 1.  That term begins on January 4, 2021.  Per Minnesota statute, a special election to fill a vacancy is required.  KAUS News spoke with Mower County Auditor/Treasurer Scott Felten, who talked about when the special election will be held, and when the filing period for the position will take place…


Individuals that have filed thus far include Tim Duren, Mark Lang, John Mueller, and Arnie Johnson.

Filing hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, December 11, 2020.  Interested candidates can complete an Affidavit of Candidacy and pay the $50 filing fee at the Auditor-Treasurer’s office in the Mower County Government Center, located at 201 First Street NE in Austin.

Candidates must reside in District 1, which includes the townships of Lansing, Red Rock, Udolpho, and Waltham; and also includes the cities of Brownsdale, Mapleview, Waltham, and the 1st Ward, 1st Precinct of the City of Austin.  Only voters living in Commissioner District 1 will vote in the special primary election on Tuesday, February 9th and the special general election on Tuesday, April 13th.