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 2015 ballot

Legislative offices

State Representative District 46A - Special Election

City offices

City of Bloomington* – Mayor, Council Member District I, Council Member District II, Council Member at Large
City of Golden Valley – Mayor, 2 Council Members at Large
City of Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members at Large, Special Election for Council Member
City of Independence – Mayor, 2 Council Members at Large
City of Minnetonka* - Council Member Ward 1, Council Member Ward 2, Council Member Ward 3, Council Member Ward 4
City of St Anthony – Mayor, 2 Council Members
City of St Louis Park* – Mayor, Council Member at Large A, Council Member at Large B

*denotes primary possible

School district offices

ISD 11 – Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member District 1, School Board Member District 2, School Board Member District 5
ISD 270 – Hopkins – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 271 – Bloomington – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 272 – Eden Prairie – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 273 – Edina – 3 School Board Members at Large
ISD 276 – Minnetonka – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 277 – Westonka – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 278 – Orono – 3 School Board Members at Large
ISD 280 – Richfield – 3 School Board Members at Large
ISD 282 – St Anthony – 3 School Board Members at Large
ISD 283 – St Louis Park – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 284 – Wayzata – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 286 – Brooklyn Center – 3 School Board Members at Large 
ISD 877 – Buffalo Hanover Montrose – 4 School Board Members at Large
ISD 879 – Delano – Special election for ballot questions (2)

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.

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