Candidates interested in running for an open seat on the Hillsboro City Commission have until 4 p.m. Monday to turn in their filing paperwork for a special city election planned this fall.

Ashley Frederick, Hillsboro’s city auditor, said four residents have picked up filing packets to run for office, although only one of the potential candidates had turned in her paperwork through noon on Thursday.

City leaders agreed earlier this summer to hold a special election Nov. 16 to fill the unexpired term of City Commissioner Shawn Skager, who resigned July 9 after moving to the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Skager was elected to the city commission last year and his unexpired term runs through June 2024.

City leaders could have appointed his replacement but Kate Ehnert, owner of the Hillsboro Cafe, turned in a signed petition requesting that the position be filled through a special election.

Ehnert told the Banner in July that she plans to run for the vacant seat in the November election. Ehnert is the sole candidate to officially file for office.

Craig Moen, a Hillsboro agronomist, also announced in July that he plans to file for the open seat.

Hillsboro city attorney John Juelson said in August that candidates interested in filing for office need to collect 40 signatures to secure a spot on the November ballot.

Candidates who have filled out their election filing and collected the necessary signatures need to turn in their paperwork to Hillsboro City Hall at 19 S. Main St. by 4 p.m. Monday.