Wednesday, Dec. 2 marked the first day candidates could file to run to fill the county commissioner 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.

Individuals filing on Dec. 2 were Tim Duren, Mark Lang, John Mueller, and Arnie Johnson.

The filing period for the position runs through Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. 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.

As there will be more than two candidates running for the position, a Special Primary Election will be necessary to reduce the field to two candidates and that will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary election will advance to the Special General Election which will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

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 elections.

For questions or more information, please contact the Mower County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at 507-437-9457, or email [email protected].