The races for Douglas County commissioner seats are off and running.
Filings opened Tuesday and as of Thursday morning, a total of 10 candidates had already filed for the five commissioner seats, including the five incumbents.
The filing period runs through June 5.
Things are going to be confusing for Alexandria voters this fall.
Not only will they be confronted with new candidates in newly drawn legislative districts, they’ll also be voting at a different place.
Minnesota’s new legislative lines are causing new developments on the local political scene.
A five-judge panel redrew the lines, which were released last week, to reflect population shifts.
In just the last few days, several candidates have announced campaign plans for this fall’s election.
Five judges guaranteed there will be plenty of new faces at the Minnesota Capitol next year.
A five-judge panel Tuesday redrew legislative district maps, pairing 46 of the state’s 201 lawmakers and creating 23 seats with no incumbent.
“That is a good positive thing for people who say they want to throw the incumbents out,” said Representative Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, the lead House redistricting Democrat.
Minnesota's newly drawn legislative districts is likely to draw a common reaction in Douglas County: What?!
The lines had been simple before. All of Douglas County was located in Senate District 11, represented by Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and on the House side, the county was split almost in half between 11A, represented by Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, and 11B, represented by Mary Franson, R-Alexandria.
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