File for office

Filing for office is how you get your name on a ballot. Requirements vary depending on: the office you are running for, whether the office is partisan or non-partisan, and whether you are running as a member of a major political party.

When you file, you will receive a packet with standard candidate filing information and possibly information particular to your jurisdiction and office as well.

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Offices on the 2017 ballot

ISD 282 St Anthony special election - September 7

  • Ballot question

City and school general election - November 7

City offices

  • Bloomington – Council Member at Large, Council Member Districts III and IV, Special Election for Council Member District II
  • Golden Valley – 2 Council Members
  • Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Independence – 2 Council Members
  • Minneapolis – Mayor, Council Member Wards  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2 Board of Estimate and Taxation, 3 Park and Recreation Commissioners at Large, Park and Recreation Commissioners Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Minnetonka – Mayor, Council Member at Large Seat A and Seat B
  • St Anthony – 2 Council Members
  • St Louis Park – Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4

School district offices

  • ISD 11 Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member District 3, 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 270 Hopkins – 3 School Board Members, 3 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 271 Bloomington – 4 School Board Members, 1 Ballot Question
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 273 Edina – 4 School Board Members at Large, 1 Ballot Question
  • ISD 276 Minnetonka – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 277 Westonka – 3 School Board Members, Special Election for School Board Member, 1 Ballot Question
  • ISD 278 Orono – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 280 Richfield – 3 School Board Members, 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 282 St Anthony – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 283 St Louis Park – 3 School Board Members, 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 284 Wayzata – 3 School Board Members, 3 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 286 Brooklyn Center – Special Election for School Board Member, 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 877 Buffalo Hanover Montrose – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 883 Rockford – 2 Ballot Questions

Offices on the 2018 ballot

This list of offices to be on the 2018 General election ballot is subject to change. (Last updated 3/22/2017)

Federal office - all potential primary

  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative Districts 3, 5 and 6

State offices - all potential primary

  • Governor and Lt Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • State Representative Districts 29A, 30B, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34B, 36A, 36B, 40A, 40B, 41B, 44A, 44B, 45A, 45B, 46A, 46B, 48A, 48B, 49A, 49B, 50A, 50B, 59A, 59B, 60A, 60B, 61A, 61B, 62A, 62B, 63A and 63B

County offices - all potential primary

  • County Commissioner Districts 2, 3 and 4
  • County Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • Park Commissioner Districts 2 and 4 of the Three Rivers Park District

Judicial offices - all potential primary

  • Supreme Court - various seats
  • Court of Appeals - various seats
  • District Court Fourth Judicial District - various seats

City offices

* City with a potential primary

  • Brooklyn Center  – Mayor, Council Members *
  • Brooklyn Park – Mayor, Council Member Central, East and West Districts *
  • Champlin – Mayor, Council Members Wards 1 and 2
  • Chanhassen – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Corcoran – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Crystal – Council Member Section II, Council Member Wards 1 and 2 *
  • Dayton – Mayor, 2 Council Members *
  • Deephaven – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Eden Prairie – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Edina – 2 Council Members
  • Excelsior – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Greenfield – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Greenwood – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Hanover – 2 Council Members
  • Long Lake – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Loretto – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Maple Grove – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Maple Plain – 2 Council Members
  • Medicine Lake – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Medina – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Minnetonka Beach – Mayor, 2 Council Members, Treasurer
  • Minnetrista – 2 Council Members
  • Mound – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • New Hope – 2 Council Members *
  • Orono – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Osseo – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Plymouth – Mayor, Council Member at Large, Council Member Wards 2 and 4
  • Richfield – Mayor, Council Member at Large *
  • Robbinsdale – Council Member Wards 3 and 4 *
  • Rockford – 2 Council Members
  • Rogers – Mayor, 2 Council Members *
  • Shorewood – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Spring Park – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St. Bonifacius – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Tonka Bay – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Wayzata – 2 Council Members
  • Woodland – Mayor, 2 Council Members

School district offices

* School district with a potential primary

  • SSD 1 Minneapolis – 2 School Board Members at Large, School Board Members District 1, 3 and 5 *
  • ISD 110 Waconia – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 111 Watertown-Mayer – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 279 Osseo – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 281 Robbinsdale – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 728 Elk River – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 879 Delano – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 883 Rockford – 3 School Board Members

Affidavit of candidacy and nominating petitions

Complete the affidavit of candidacy

In order to file for office, you need to fill out an affidavit of candidacy (PDF). See the Where to file section of this page to learn where to file the affidavit.

Complete a nominating petition

If you are running as a member of a major political party (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, or Republican) or for a nonpartisan office, you do not need to file a nominating petition.

If you are running for a partisan office but not as a member of a major political party, then you must file a nominating petition (PDF) with the required number of signatures. The number of signatures you need depends on what office you are running for. For county or legislative offices, you need 500 signatures. The signatures must be of eligible voters who live in the district, and you must obtain the signatures during the filing period.

Filing dates

2017

Filing period Applicable offices Filing opens Filing closes Withdrawal deadline
Early (if primary is scheduled) Municipal offices in:
  • Bloomington
  • Minnetonka
  • St Louis Park
May 16 May 30 June 1
Late (if no primary)
  • Municipal offices
  • School district offices
August 1 August 15 August 17

2018

Filing period Applicable offices Filing opens Filing closes Withdrawal deadline
Early filing
  • Federal offices
  • State offices
  • Judicial offices
  • County offices

If primary possible:

  • Bloomington
  • Minnetonka
  • St Louis Park
  • School district offices
May 22 June 5 June 7
Late filing If primary is not possible:
  • Municipal offices
  • School district offices
July 31 August 14 August 16
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