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 11/21/2018)

February 12, 2019

Richfield Special Election – Council Member Ward 3

November 5, 2019

City offices

  • Bloomington – Mayor, Council Member at Large, Council Member Districts I and II (potential primary)
  • Golden Valley – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Independence – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Minnetonka – Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 (potential primary)    
  • St Anthony – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St Louis Park – Mayor, 2 Council Members at Large

School district offices

  • ISD 11 Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member District 5
  • 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
  • ISD 278 Orono – 3 School Board Members
  • 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 877 Buffalo Hanover Montrose – 4 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


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
  • ISD 728 - Elk River
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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