CRYSTAL FALLS—If you are thinking about filing for a County Board seat in this year’s election, here’s some friendly advice: Don’t wait too long!
The candidate filing deadline is almost upon us: April 22, two weeks from now. One of the five current county commissioners announced last week he will not seek re-election.
He is Carl Lind, who will have represented District 4 (city of Crystal Falls and Mastodon Township) for six years when his term ends in December.
Lind said six years is long enough. He has other priorities.
“I’m going to dedicate myself solely to Camp Christine,” he said by phone. “I run Camp Christine, the veterans’ park on Lake Mary Road.
“I’ve done that for three years. It’s very time-consuming, and I don’t want to let this go by the wayside.”
So Lind’s seat will be open, and he doesn’t want apathy to play a role in deciding the next District 4 commissioner.
That’s what almost happened in 2012. Thirty minutes before the filing deadline, Lind said, nobody had filed for the District 4 seat. That’s when he submitted his nominating papers.
“I urge the people of Iron County to get involved,” he said. “I’m not trying to grind any axes. I’m just saying, ‘Come on, Iron County, you gotta step up.’”
County Board seats are for two years. This year’s filing deadline for nominating petitions for all partisan and non-partisan offices, including legislative offices, is April 22. Candidates must file affidavits of identity at the same time.
Those candidates will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
There is a separate deadline for candidates who don’t want to file with a political party affiliation. They have until July 17 to file their petitions so they can appear on the ballot in November.
Blank petitions are available at the clerk’s office in the Courthouse.