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File for office

Filing for office is how you get your name on a ballot. Requirements vary based on:

  • The office you are running for
  • Whether the office is partisan or non-partisan
  • 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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This list of offices is subject to change. (Last updated 7/16/2021)

Special election – August 10, 2021

Brooklyn Park – Mayor, term ending 1/2/2023

General election – November 2, 2021

City offices

  • Bloomington – Council Member at Large, Council Member Districts III and IV (RCV)
  • Golden Valley – 2 Council Members
  • Hopkins – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Independence – 2 Council Members
  • Minneapolis – Mayor, Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2 Board of Estimate and Taxation Commissioners, 3 Park Board Commissioners at Large and Park Board Commission Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (RCV)
  • Minnetonka – Mayor, Council Member at Large Seats A and B (RCV)
  • St Anthony – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St Louis Park – Council Member Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 (RCV)

School district offices

  • ISD 11 Anoka Hennepin – School Board Member Districts 3 and 5
  • ISD 270 Hopkins – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 271 Bloomington – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie – Special Election for School Board Member
  • ISD 273 Edina – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 276 Minnetonka – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 277 Westonka – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 280 Richfield – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 282 St Anthony – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 283 St Louis Park – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 284 Wayzata – 3 School Board Members

Complete the affidavit of candidacy

In order to file for office, you need to fill out an affidavit of candidacy (PDF). See the Filing process 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 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.

Who files with Hennepin County

Candidates for:

  • County office
  • State or judicial office and you reside in Hennepin County

2021 filing dates

  • Filing opens – July 27
  • Filing closes – August 10 at 5 p.m.
  • Withdrawal period ends – August 12 at 5 p.m.

Fee information

When you file, submit the one of the following with the affidavit:

If you need to file a nominating petition and a petition in place of a filing fee, you can use a combined nominating petition and petition in place of filing fee (PDF).

Where to file

Filing process

  1. Complete the affidavit of candidacy (PDF)
  2. Determine appropriate filing fee and where to file
  3. Submit affidavit and payment during the filing dates
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