Candidate Filing

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To be an official candidate, an individual must submit a filing fee and an affidavit of candidacy (PDF) to a filing officer during a designated period.

Note: an individual may establish a campaign finance committee prior to filing for office. Campaign finance committees are established to legally report the campaign's financial activity when a certain threshold has been met.

Any individual considering candidacy should verify they are qualified before filing for office. When filing an affidavit of candidacy, individuals must state under oath that they:

  • are eligible to vote.
  • will be at least 21 years of age upon taking office.
  • will have been a resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election.
  • have no other affidavit on file for the same primary or ensuing general election.

Some offices may involve additional qualification requirements. For any questions regarding running for office, please contact Ramsey County Elections Office.

Candidate filing dates for 2024

Candidates for local offices are able to file during the following designated candidate filing periods.

May 21 to June 4

  • County Commissioner Seats
  • State Representative
  • State Senator
  • Judicial Seats (2nd Judicial District, Court of Appeals)
  • Maplewood Municipal Seats
  • Roseville Municipal Seats

July 30 to August 13

  • Arden Hills Municipal Seats
  • Gem Lake Municipal Seats
  • Lauderdale Municipal Seats
  • Little Canada Municipal Seats
  • Mounds View Municipal Seats
  • New Brighton Municipal Seats
  • North Oaks Municipal Seats
  • North St. Paul Municipal Seats
  • Shoreview Municipal Seats
  • Vadnais Heights Municipal Seats
  • White Bear Township Seats
  • School District Seats (ISD 625, 624, 623, 282)