Filing for Office

2018 State General Election

2018 Election Dates


Primary Election - August 14th
General Election - November 6th



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 22nd - June 5th for the following offices                                                              
    • All Federal Offices (file with the Office of the Secretary of State)
      • US Senator
      • US Representative
    • All State Offices (file with Secretary of State, or the county auditor)
      • Governor & Lt. Governor
      • Secretary of State
      • State Auditor
      • Attorney General 
      • State Representative
        • Districts 10A and 10B in Crow Wing county
      • Judicial Offices
    • All county Offices (File with county auditor)
      • County Commissioner District 2
      • County Commissioner District 3
      • County Commissioner District 4
      • County Sheriff
      • County Attorney
      • Soil & Water Conservation Supervisors
    • City of Brainerd Offices (file with Brainerd city clerk)
      • Alderman Ward 2 
      • Alderman Ward 4
      • Alderman At-Large  
  • July 31st - August 14th
    • 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