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Voting 101: Primary Election set for Aug. 14

Woodbury voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to cast ballots in the state primary election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the city's 16 precincts.

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No city offices will be on the primary ballot. However, voters will narrow the field of candidates seeking election to federal, state and county offices. Three City Council positions, including mayor, will be decided in the November general election.

Under Minnesota's primary system, voters must choose one party and vote only for candidates seeking office from that party. Ballots marked for candidates from more than one party are considered defective and will not be counted. All precincts will have federal and state candidates for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) and Republican parties on the primary ballot. Voters living in Washington County Commissioner Districts 2 and 4 have a primary for these non-partisan commissioner seats that will appear on the back of their ballot.

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Filing begins July 31 for City Council candidates
Filing opens July 31 and continues through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, for Woodbury residents seeking election to the City Council this November.

Voters will elect a mayor and two council members to four-year terms that begin in January. Candidates may file in the Administration Department at City Hall during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, the last day to file. The filing fee is $40.

Persons wishing to run for City Council must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, at least 21 years of age upon assuming office, and a resident of Woodbury for at least 30 days prior to the Nov. 6 general election. Candidates also must not have filed for the same or any other office in the upcoming primary or general elections.

City Council elections are non-partisan and candidates run for their seats at large. There is no city primary election; names of all candidates filing will appear on the November general election ballot.

Woodbury's City Council consists of the mayor and four council members who each serve four-year terms. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years and terms are staggered. The mayor's office to be filled in the November general election is currently held by Mary Giuliani Stephens. The two City Council positions on the November ballot are currently held by Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs.

The mayor is paid $1,245.50 monthly or $14,946 annually and council members are paid $948.33 monthly or $11,379.96 annually.  For more information, call Kim Blaeser, city clerk, at (651) 714-3500.