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Filing starts Aug. 3 for council race

If you've ever entertained the thought of running for the Farmington City Council, it's time to start thinking a little more seriously.

Due to the new Military Overseas Voter Empowerment Act - which moves the primary elections ahead so there is more time between the primary and general elections to allow overseas military voters the time to get and return ballots - the city of Farmington has moved up its city council candidacy filing dates.

Farmington residents 21 and older may file for one of two, four-year terms on the city council from Tuesday, Aug. 3 through Tuesday, Aug. 17.

The open terms are currently held by council members Christy Jo Fogarty and Steve Wilson. Fogarty has been on the city council since 2003; Wilson's term dates to 2005.

Potential candidates are required to fill out an affidavit of candidacy and pay a $5 filing fee. Both must be done at Farmington City Hall, 430 Third St. City Hall is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon, during the summer.

Candidates will be listed on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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