Anyone interested in representing Mora on the Kanabec County Board of Commissioners has to file for candidacy between 8 a.m. Jan. 18 and 5 p.m. Feb. 1. 

The county will hold a special election to fill the District 2 (city of Mora) County Commissioner position. The vacancy was created when commissioner Gene Anderson died on Dec. 8. 

The county cannot appoint a new commissioner because three years remained in Anderson’s term; the seat must be filled through a special election. 

Depending on how many people file for candidacy, the timeline of the special election could be much longer, leaving the Mora district unrepresented and one voice short on the board of commissioners. 

This could be problematic because the board is designed with an odd number (five) seats to prevent voting ties when decisions are made. 

If two or fewer persons file for candidacy, the special election would be held April 12. 

If more than two people file for candidacy, a special primary would be held April 12 with the special election to be held Aug. 9, 2022. 

However, there would be no primary if immediately after the filing period closes, candidates withdrew to bring the final number of candidates down to two or less. 

To file for candidacy, interested persons should contact the Kanabec County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office either in person at the Kanabec County Courthouse, 18 S. Vine St., Mora, or by calling 320-679-6466.

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