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 2014 ballot

County offices

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

Federal offices

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

State executive offices

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
State Auditor
Attorney General

State legislative offices

State Representative for 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

Judicial offices

Incumbents indicated in parentheses.

Supreme Court

Associate Justice, Seat 2 (Wilhelmina M. Wright)
Associate Justice, Seat 3 (David L. Lillehaug)

Court of Appeals

Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 1 (John R. Rodenberg)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 3 (Carol A. Hooten)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 4 (John P. Smith)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 9 (Michael Kirk)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 10 (Edward J. Cleary)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 12 (Margaret H. Chutich)
Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 15 (Kevin Ross)

District Court

Fourth Judicial District

Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 1 (William H. Koch)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 5 (Kerry W. Meyer)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 9 (Phillip D. Bush)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 10 (Kathryn L. Quaintance)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 14 (Martha A. Holton Dimick)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 16 (James Moore)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 19 (Gina M. Brandt)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 20 (Daniel C. Moreno)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 25 (Pamela G. Alexander)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 27 (Jay M. Quam)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 28 (Toddrick S. Barnette)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 30 (Susan Robiner)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 31 (Margaret “Peg” Daly)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 32 (Peter A. Cahill)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 38 (Kathleen D. Sheehy)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 42 (Luis A. Bartolomei)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 43 (Janet Nordell Poston)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 47 (Tanya M. Bransford)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 51 (Ivy S. Bernhardson)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 53 (Jane Ranum)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 54 (Kristin Siegesmund)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 55 (Edward T. Wahl)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 56 (Herbert P. Lefler III)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 57 (Jeannice M. Reding)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 58 (James T. Swenson)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 61 (Robert M. Small)
Judge, Fourth District Court, Seat 62 (Ronald L. Abrams)

Municipal and school district offices

Contact local municipal or school district office.

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, Independence, 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.

Where to file

  • Federal offices – the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • State and judicial offices – either the Minnesota Secretary of State or the county in which you reside
  • County offices - Hennepin County elections (includes Hennepin County Commissioner, Park Commissioner of the Three Rivers Park District, and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor)
  • City offices - the city clerk
  • School district offices - the school district clerk
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