The wheels of justice grind slowly and, in the case of redistricting
St. Louis County commissioner districts, seem likely to result in a
confusing election filing season for commissioner candidates.
A candidate must live within the boundaries of the district he or she
is running for, but with recent court challenges, no one knows where
those lines will be.
In fact, the Minnesota Secretary of State's office says " ... no
plan is effective for the next election unless the plan is filed with
the county auditor on or before June 4, 2002." That date has come
This year is already an election year for three commissioners, but
any others whose district populations change by 5 percent or more also
Slated for election this year with or without redistricting are:
District 2 represented by Joanne Fay, District 4 represented by Mike
Forsman and District 6 represented by Paul Plesha.
What will happen next is up in the air. There's little case law to
guide the decision, and many questions remain about how the case will be
And the interaction of the revision of boundaries and election filing
dates is a "big concern," since the dates are set by law,
Assistant County Attorney Shaun Floerke said.
The June 25 court hearing is exactly one week before filings must by
state law open for county commissioner election races.