There are different filing requirements, dates and locations depending on the political office you are running for.
To run for office, you must meet all of these requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be an eligible voter
- Pay all filing fees
- Complete an Affidavit of Candidacy
- Complete and file Campaign Finance Reports
- Submit a Declaration of a Political Party for federal and state offices, and Minor Party with Nominating Petition. Political party declaration is not required for county, municipal, school district and judicial non-partisan offices.
For a complete list of requirements by office, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Federal, state, judicial and county offices with a primary: There are no filing dates at this time.
Cities and school districts without a primary: There are no filing dates at this time.
Where you file for office depends on the level of government:
Municipal offices: The city or town hall of the municipality.
School district offices: The administrative building for the school district.
County offices: Administration Center
State legislature, executive or judicial offices: Administration Center (if you reside in Dakota County) or the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
Federal offices: Office of Minnesota Secretary of State