Municipal Elections

The City of Orono’s next municipal election will be held in 2020.  The offices on the ballot will be the Mayor (4 year term) and two Council Members (4 year terms), which are at large positions, representing all Orono residents.

Persons interested in running for these offices may file at Orono City Hall.  The filing period begins on Tuesday, July 28th and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  The filing fee is $2.00.

Candidate Filing Notice

Campaign manuals and forms from the Secretary of State’s Office can be found at Orono City Hall and also on the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/election-administration-campaigns/become-a-candidate/campaign-filing-packet/.  

Additional information for newly elected officials: League of Minnesota Cities’ Memo on a Good Start to Good Governance 

MAYOR duties & responsibilities 

In addition to being a full member of the city council with all of the duties and responsibilities that come with that office, the mayor is also the official head of the city.  As the official head of the city, the mayor has three main responsibilities:

  • To serve as the city’s representative before the Minnesota Legislature, federal agencies, and other local governments.
  • To perform ceremonial duties on behalf of the community and to be prepared to explain and defend city problems and programs.
  • To exert leadership in city affairs. Because mayors of statutory cities lack significant individual authority, this responsibility often calls for tact more than overt acts of direction or supervisory control.

The mayor is also responsible to:

  • Execute official documents by signing ordinances, meeting minutes, claims for payment and contracts authorized by the city council.
  • Make appointments to fill vacancies in elective offices if the council vote to fill the vacancy is tied.
  • Serve as the presiding officer at council meetings.
  • Perform election duties as required by statute.
  • Declare emergencies.
  • Perform or delegate the duties of Official Weed Inspector.
  • Perform or delegate fire investigation duties as required by statute.

council member duties & responsibilities

As individuals, council members have no administrative authority. They cannot give orders or otherwise supervise city employees unless specifically directed to do so by the council. The council as a whole, however, has complete authority over all administrative affairs in the City of Orono.  In other words, the Council, not individual members, must supervise administrative officers, formulate policies, and exercise city powers.

Areas of Responsibility for Individual Council members:

  • Judging the qualification and election of its own members.
  • Setting and interpreting rules governing proceedings.
  • Preserve Order during its meetings.
  • To compel the attendance of members at meetings.
  • Exercising all the powers of cities that the law does not delegate to others.
  • Legislating for the City.
  • Directing the enforcement of city ordinances.
  • Appointing administrative personnel.
  • Transacting city business.
  • Managing the city’s financial operations.
  • Appointing members to various commissions and boards.
  • Conducting the city’s intergovernmental affairs.
  • Protecting the welfare of the city and its inhabitants.
  • Providing Community Leadership.           

COMPENSATION AND REIMBURSEMENT

The Mayor receives an annual salary of $4,200.00. Council Members each receive an annual salary of $3,500.  

2020 Orono Candidate filings

Please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to view the current candidates running for Orono Municipal Elections.