Special election will fill Roseville City Council seat
Lenora Chu, Pioneer Press
Date: November 25, 2003

The Roseville City Council voted Monday night to hold a special election to fill the council seat that will be vacated when Craig Klausing becomes mayor.

Klausing, a council member since 2001, won the mayor's office in the Nov. 4 election.

The Council passed an ordinance, which calls for a special election when a council member "assumes an incompatible office" and "more than six months remains in the unexpired term and the vacancy occurs more than six months before the next regular city election," on a 3-2 vote.

Klausing and Council Member Dean Maschka voted against the ordinance, which does not require a primary election.

The council rejected two separate motions, made by Klausing, to require a primary election under certain circumstances. The ordinance says the special election "shall be held as soon ... as is practical" under state law.

Taking into account state statute and candidacy filing requirements, the earliest a special election could be held is April 6, 2004, according to the Roseville city attorney.

State statute requires that the council appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the special election is held.

Amy Ihlan, who lost her bid to unseat Maschka on Nov. 4, said she was "interested in the vacancy" but hadn't decided whether to apply for the appointed position or run in the special election.

--Lenora Chu

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