For immediate release
May 17, 2023
Media contact: Daphney Maras, city clerk, at 507-377-4335 or [email protected]

Filings open May 21 for Albert Lea City Council seats

Filings open Tuesday, May 21, at 8 a.m. for three of the seven Albert Lea City Council seats.

The following are up for election: Wards 1, 3, and 5, now held by Rachel Christensen, Jason Howland and Robert Rasmussen, respectively.

Ward 1 voters elected Christensen in 2022 to finish the term of Rich Murray who ran successfully for mayor. With the partial term ending this year, the Ward 1 seat is up for election for the regular 4-year term.

The Ward 3 and 5 seats are also four-year terms.

Candidates must live within the ward they’re seeking to represent on the council. Visit the city website for a map of the wards:

In addition, Minnesota law requires that candidates:

  • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
  • Be 21 years of age or older upon assuming office
  • Have maintained residence in their ward for at least 30 days before the general election


To file for office, candidates need to complete an affidavit of candidacy and pay a $25 fee at the City Clerk’s office on the top floor of City Hall, 221 E. Clark St.

Filings close June 4 with the primary election on Aug. 13 and the general election on Nov. 5.


The City of Albert Lea’s mission is to deliver exceptional services that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.