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 2019 ballot

This list of offices is subject to change. (Last updated 8/26/2019)

August 13, 2019

  • Bloomington – Mayor, Council Member at Large, Council Member District I
  • Maple Plain Special Election – Council Member (Term ending 1/4/2021), Council Member (Term ending 1/2/2023)

November 5, 2019

City offices

  • Bloomington – Mayor, Council Member at Large, Council Member Districts I and II, 1 Ballot Question
  • Golden Valley – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members, Special Election for Council Member
  • Independence – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Minnetonka – Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4, Special Election for Council Member at Large Seat B
  • St Anthony – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St Louis Park – Mayor, 2 Council Members at Large Seat A and Seat B (RCV)

School district offices

  • ISD 11 Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member District 5
  • ISD 111 Watertown-Mayer – 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 270 Hopkins – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 271 Bloomington – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 273 Edina – 3 School Board Members at Large
  • ISD 276 Minnetonka – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 277 Westonka – 4 School Board Members, 1 Ballot Question
  • ISD 278 Orono – 3 School Board Members, 1 Ballot Question
  • ISD 280 Richfield – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 282 St Anthony – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 283 St Louis Park – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 284 Wayzata – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 728 Elk River – 2 Ballot Questions
  • ISD 877 Buffalo – 1 Ballot Question

Offices on the 2020 ballot

This list of offices is subject to change. (Last updated 4/11/2019)

Federal offices – all potential Primary

  • President and Vice President
  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative for Districts 3, 5 and 6

State offices – all potential Primary

  • State Senator for Districts 29, 30, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63
  • 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

County offices – all potential Primary

  • County Commissioner for Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7
  • Park Commissioner for Districts 1, 3 and 5 of the Three Rivers Park District

City offices

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

School district offices

  • SSD 1 Minneapolis – School Board Members at Large, School Board Members District 2, 4 and 6 – potential Primary
  • ISD 110 Waconia – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 111 Watertown-Mayer – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 279 Osseo – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 281 Robbinsdale – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 286 Brooklyn Center – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 728 Elk River – 3 School Board Members at Large
  • ISD 877 Buffalo – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 879 Delano – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 883 Rockford – 3 School Board Members

Judicial offices – all potential Primary

The full list of judicial offices will be added soon.

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

2019

Filing period Applicable offices Filing opens Filing closes Withdrawal deadline
Early filing

City offices if primary possible:

  • Bloomington
  • Minnetonka
May 21 June 4 June 6
Late filing If primary is not possible:
  • Municipal offices
  • School district offices
July 30 August 13 August 15

 

2020

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

City offices if primary possible:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Crystal
  • Dayton
  • New Hope
  • Richfield
  • Robbinsdale
  • Rogers

School district offices if primary possible:

  • Minneapolis SSD 1
May 19 June 2 June 4
Late filing If primary is not possible:
  • Municipal offices
  • School district offices
July 28 August 11 August 13
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