Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth City Councilors are requesting that the state legislature amend election laws following a challenging set of circumstances.
City Councilor Dan Hartman is proposing to expand the time a candidate has to formally remove his or her name from the ballot in the event they decide not to run.
This comes after incumbent Fourth District Councilor Garry Krause decided not to run for re-election against challenger Howie Hanson.
Because of state rules, Krause could not remove his name from the ballot, meaning he could actually be re-elected though he would not serve.
"The council would follow the Charter and take applications and appoint the balance of the term, which in this case would be a two year term, because the next municipal election is in two years," said Duluth City Clerk Jeff Cox.
Council president Patrick Boyle is another candidate whose seat may become vacant in January if he is elected to the St. Louis Board of Commissioners.
The council is set to take up the issue of changing state laws at Monday's regular meeting.