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 2018 ballot

This list of offices to be on the 2018 General election ballot is subject to change. (Last updated 12/15/2017)

Federal office - all potential primary

  • United States Senator
  • United States Senator (potential Special election)
  • 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 – 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

2018

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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