Candidates file for area city, township, school board offices

Hopefuls have until Aug. 11 to file for any city, township, school board or special district elections that are not subject to a primary.

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Two incumbent Brainerd School Board members have tossed their hats back into the ring, alongside a few hopefuls for city and township offices as the second filing period ramps up.

Candidates can declare to seek election for area city, township, school board and special district seats during the current filing period that began Tuesday, July 28, and extends through Aug. 11.

The following candidates have filled as of 5 p.m., Tuesday.

Brainerd School District

Brainerd School Board

  • Bob Nystrom (Incumbent)

  • Sue Kern (Incumbent)


Emily City Council (Elect two)


  • Gerhard โ€œGaryโ€ Hanson (Incumbent)

  • Bill Spiess (Incumbent)

Ironton Mayor

  • Greg Stanich

Nisswa Mayor

  • John Ryan

The general election is Nov. 3. The filing fee is $2, paid to the city, township or school office clerks.
To run for office, a candidate must meet all of these requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.

  • Be an eligible voter.

  • Must be 21 years or older upon assuming office.

  • Must have maintained a residence in their district for at least 30 days before the general election.

  • Pay all filing fees.

  • Complete and file an affidavit of candidacy at .

  • Complete and file campaign finance reports.

For school board, candidates must have not been convicted of an offense for which they are required to register as a predatory offender under Minnesota Statutes 243.166.
Information about other qualifications for county, municipal, school district or special district offices is available from the filing officer.

Candidates for mayor, council member and other elected city offices must file with the city clerk. Candidates for town clerk, town supervisor, town treasurer and other elected township offices must file with the town clerk. Candidates for school board must file with the school district clerk. Candidates for special districts such as hospital districts should contact the district's office for information on the filing process.

To file for the Brainerd School Board, mail the following forms to Washington Educational Services Building, Attn: Janet Horn, 804 Oak St., Brainerd, MN 56401, or email .

  • Affidavit of candidacy.

  • Copy of driver's license.

  • Address of Residence form (when the candidate has requested their address of residence be classified as private data).

  • Election Candidate Information form (a voluntary disclosure).

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