Filing period for city elections starts Aug. 29

The filing period for city elections in New Prague and in Elko New Market will begin Tuesday, Aug. 29, and continue until Tuesday, Sept. 12. Neither city will have a primary election, so all those who file will be on the ballot

New Prague

In New Prague, the terms of Mayor Craig S. Sindelar and council members Kay Wilcox and Rob Babione expire at the end of the year.

The office of mayor has a two-year term. Sindelar was first elected mayor in 2000 and was reelected in 2002 and 2004.

Wilcox was first elected to the city council in 1989, and was reelected in 1993, 1998 and 2002. Her 1993 term was extended by one year when a new city charter was passed moving city elections form odd- to even-numbered years.

Babione was elected in 2002, and is completing his first term.

Council members Duane Jirik and Jim Kratochvil are not up for election this year.

Anyone interested in filing can do so beginning Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the New Prague City Hall, 118 Central Ave. N. The filing period ends at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. For more information, call the New Prague City Hall at 952-758-4401.

Elko New Market

As of January 1, 2007, the cities of Elko and New Market will merge. The name of the new city will be Elko New Market. As part of the merger agreement, approved by voters in both cities in March, a new city council will be elected in November. The council will include one mayor and four council members, to be elected at large. The mayor will serve a two-year term, while council members will serve four-year terms. Because the terms will be staggered, two of the council members to be elected in November will serve two-year terms.

Anyone interested in filing can do so at the New Market Area Hall, 601 Main Street, or at the Elko City Hall, 26518 France Ave., between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from August 29-September 12. For more information, or to set up a time for filing, call 952-461-2711 or 952-461-2777.

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