Three school board seats go up for grabs; Election filing period begins

by Tom Coombe -

As one election looms, filings for another are underway.
Voters across Minnesota will head to the polls Aug. 14 for primary elections, including hotly-contested races for governor, U.S. Representatives and county commissioner.
Meanwhile, filings are underway for this fall’s Ely School Board election.
A two-week filing period started Tuesday and, as of Thursday morning, nobody had yet entered the race for three board positions.
Seats held by longtime chairman Ray Marsnik, Scott Kellerman and Rochelle Sjoberg are up for grabs.
Marsnik, who was elected to the board in 2001 and has served as chairman for more than a decade, said Thursday he has not yet decided on a re-election bid.
Neither Kellerman, who is the board’s longest-serving member, nor Sjoberg could be reached for comment.
Prospective candidates, who must be residents of the Ely School District, have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 to file.
All three board positions carry four-year terms.
The board election comes in the midst of a major crossroads for the Ely district, as board members ponder proposals for major facilities improvements on the school campus.