Filing for Office

2016 State General Election 2016 Election Dates
Primary Election - August 9th
General Election - November 8th


Requirements for Running for Office
The filing requirements, filing dates and filing locations depend on which office you are running for. To run for any office, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be an eligible voter.
  • Pay all filing fees or present a Petition in Place of Filing Fee as allowed by statute. Complete an Affidavit of Candidacy.
  • Complete and file Campaign Finance Reports.

Additional information and forms can be found online.

Candidate Filing Dates

  • May 17th - May 31st for the following offices                                                              
    • All Federal Offices (file with the Office of the Secretary of State)
      • President and Vice-President
      • US Representative
    • All State Offices (file with Secretary of State, or the county auditor)
      • State Senator District 10
      • State Representative
        • Districts 10A and 10B in Crow Wing county
      • Judicial Offices
    • All county Offices (File with county auditor)
      • County Commissioner District 1
      • County Commissioner District 5
      • Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors
    • City of Brainerd Offices (file with Brainerd city clerk)
      • Mayor
      • Alderman Ward 1
      • Alderman Ward 3
      • Alderman At-Large
  • August 2nd - August 16th
    • All other cities (file with city clerk)
    • Townships with November elections (file with town clerk)
    • School board (file with school district administrative officer)
Filing fees
Filing fees are non-refundable per Minnesota Statute 204B.11
  • U.S. Senator: $400
  • U.S. Representative: $300
  • State Senator or Representative: $100
  • Judicial Officer: $300
  • County Office: $50
  • Soil & Water Conservation Dist. Supervisor: $20
  • City of Brainerd Offices: $5
  • All other cities in Crow Wing county: $2
  • Township Offices: $2
  • School District Offices: $2
  • Hospital District Office: $2
Additional Candidate Resources