Filing for office

Learn how you can be a candidate on the ballot.

Candidate filing for 2024

The candidate filing period is May 21 - June 4, 2024, for the Minneapolis School Board Elections (Special School District #1).

Candidates running for City office file with us. This includes Mayor, City Council, Park & Recreation Board, School Board, and Board of Estimate & Taxation. All other filings are handled by the Minnesota Secretary of State or Hennepin County.

Offices eligible to file with us in 2024:

  • School Board Director At Large (1 position)
  • School Board Director District 2
  • School Board Director District 4
  • School Board Director District 6

Learn more about these offices and view job descriptions

How do I file for office?

If you want to run for office, these are the steps you take to get your name on the ballot.

Before you begin

Have you raised or spent more than $750?

Within 14 days of raising or spending more than $750, you must submit an initial campaign finance report to Minneapolis Elections, regardless of whether you've filed for office yet.

Learn more about reporting requirements

Step 1

Complete filing paperwork during candidate filing period

You will complete paperwork on site with the filing official. An Affidavit of Candidacy is required for all candidates. Other paperwork and forms may be required. All paperwork will be provided to you at the time of filing.

  • Please bring valid ID. The filing official will verify your eligibility to file for office.
  • You will receive a copy of the 2024 Candidate Information Packet.
  • Be prepared to wait if you arrive on the first or last day of filing.

When to file

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on June 4)

Closed May 27 (Memorial Day)

Where to file

2024 Candidate Filing will be located at the Elections & Voter Services office: 980 E Hennepin Ave.

Withdraw from office

If you wish to withdraw after filing, the withdrawal deadline is Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. This process must be completed with election officials at the filing location.

Step 2

Pay filing fee or submit petition instead of paying fee

When completing paperwork with the filing officer, you must either:

  • Pay the filing fee, or;
  • File a petition with signatures from eligible voters

View filing fees and signature requirements

Step 3

Submit additional financial reports

After having your name added to the ballot, you will need to complete a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI). If you've raised or spent more than $750, you will also need to complete campaign finance reports. 

Statement of Economic Interest

This form covers your personal financial information. 

Campaign Finance Reports

Candidates who have raised or spent more than $750 must submit the reports below. Learn more about campaign finance report requirements

  • Pre-Primary Report
  • Pre-General Report
  • Certification of Filing
  • Post-General Report
  • Annual Report
  • Final Report

For more information on submitting campaign finance reports through our campaign finance portal see our Campaign Finance Filer Guide.

Common questions about filing for office

Learn more about completing your affidavit, submitting reports, and filing in person.

Contact us

Candidate & campaign questions


Elections & Voter Services
980 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.