Vacancy on City Council – Ward 3 Seat
Melody Shryock, Councilmember of Ward 3, resigned from the City Council effective May 1, 2019. This created a vacancy in the Ward 3 Council position. The City's Charter directs how vacancies on the City Council are filled. If there are 365 days or more left in the term of the vacated office, a special election is required to fill that vacancy. In this case, Ms. Shryock's term ends January 2, 2023; therefore, a special election is necessary. If three or more candidates file for this seat, both a Primary and a General election will be required. If needed, the special election Primary will take place on August 13, 2019. The General election will take place on November 5, 2019.
City Councilmember Ward 3 (special election, term ending in 2023)
Candidate Filing Period for Ward 3 Special Election
Council candidate filing period begins on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and closes on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. City offices will not be open on Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. You may file between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with the exception of June 4. You may file up to 5:00 p.m. on that last day. The withdrawal period ends at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019. Filing is done in the Administrative Offices located in the Ramsey Municipal Center, 7550 Sunwood Drive NW. The fee for filing is $5.
City Councilmember At-Large (special election, term ending in 2021)
Vacancy on City Council – At-Large Seat
John LeTourneau, Councilmember-At-Large ran for the Mayoral office in the Special Election held on November 6, 2018, and was elected to said office. This created a vacancy in the At-Large Council position. The City’s Charter directs how vacancies on the City Council are filled. If there are 365 days or more left in the term of the vacated office, a special election is required to fill that vacancy. In this case, the vacant At-Large term ends January 4, 2021; therefore, a special election is necessary. New legislation in 2017 adopted uniform election dates and the next authorized date to hold the special election is Tuesday, April 9, 2019; however, we cannot hold a Special General on that date as our Charter requires that a Primary be held if three or more candidates file for the same office. Both the Primary and the General need to be scheduled in advance; therefore, if a Primary is not necessary, the Special General cannot be moved up in the schedule and the next available, uniform date is August 13, 2019.
Eligibility to Hold Office
Candidates for public office must:
- be an eligible voter
- have no other affidavit on file as a candidate for any office in the same election
- be 21 years of age or more by time of assuming office
- have maintained residency in the City for 30 days before the election
Absentee voting (in person or by mail) for the General Election will begin on Friday, June 28, 2019.
Number of Households Per Ward
Campaign Finance Reporting
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 211A.02, Subd. 6, Campaign Finance Reports will be posted within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the report and will remain available for four (4) years after the posting date.