Bloomington City Council filing period underway

The filing period is underway for Bloomington’s 2017 city council elections.

Three district seats and one at-large seat will be on the November ballot. Filing opened today and will continue through 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Two of the four seats up for election this fall are held by council members who were appointed rather than elected. Kim Vlaisavljevich was appointed to the at-large seat last year following the resignation of Cynthia Bemis Abrams. District 2 Councilmember Eldon Spencer was appointed earlier this year to replace Andrew Carlson following Carlson’s election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The District 3 seat held by Jack Baloga and the District 4 seat held by Jon Oleson are also up for election this fall.

District 2 comprises eight precincts covering neighborhoods in southwest Bloomington. District 3 comprises nine precincts in the northern and western half of the city. District 4 comprises seven precincts in the northeastern portion of the city.

Following the close of the filing period, candidates will have until 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1, to withdraw from the ballot. A primary election will be held Aug. 8 if three or more candidates have filed for the same seat.

Interested candidates may file for election at the city clerk’s office of Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, during regular business hours. The filing fee is $50, and candidates have the option to file a petition of candidacy, signed by either 500 qualified voters or 5 percent of the number of voters who cast a ballot in the election district during the previous election, whichever is less.

This fall’s election will not include federal, state or county offices, but there will be a Bloomington Board of Education election. Since the school board does not have a primary election, its filing period is Aug. 1-15.