Filing period announced for candidates in upcoming elections

Candidates for elected offices must file by the dates specified for the positions they are running for and meet other requirements.

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Hopefuls running for elected office will have to file for their respective races. The filing period opens Tuesday, May 17, and runs through May 31 for the following offices and the filing fees are as noted:

For all federal offices:

  • U.S. representative for District 8 ($300)

For all state offices:

  • State senator, District 6 ($100)
  • State senator, District 10 ($100)
  • State representative, District 6A ($100)
  • State representative, District 6B ($100)
  • State representative, District 10A ($100)
  • Governor and lieutenant governor ($300)
  • Secretary of state ($300)
  • Attorney general ($300)
  • State auditor ($300)
  • Judges ($300)

For all county offices:

  • County Commissioner, District 2 ($50)
  • County Commissioner, District 3 ($50)
  • County Commissione,r District 4 ($50)
  • County attorney ($50)
  • County sheriff ($50)
  • Soil and water supervisor, District 2 ($20)
  • Soil and water supervisor, District 3 ($20)

City of Brainerd offices will also have the same filing dates of Tuesday, May 17 through May 31. City of Brainerd filing fees are $5. Candidates for city of Brainerd will file at Brainerd City Hall.
City of Brainerd offices up for election in 2020 include:


  • Alderman, Ward 2
  • Alderman, Ward 4
  • Alderman, At-Large 
  • Mayor

For all other cities and those townships with November elections, the filing period is Aug. 2-16.

  • Candidates interested in city or township office should contact their local clerk to find out what offices are up for election in 2022.
  • Filing fees for city and township offices are $2.

School board candidate filing periods for the Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes school districts are Aug. 2-16. Persons interested in running for school board should contact the business office at their district for more information.
Candidates for federal office must file at the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates for state office may file with the Secretary of State, or with the county auditor in the county where they reside.

Candidates for county office must file at the elections office at the Historic Courthouse, 326 Laurel St., in Brainerd. Candidates for city or township office must file with their city or town clerk. Candidates for school board file with the school district clerk or designated officer.

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 or present a petition in place of the filing fee as allowed by statute.
  • Complete and file an affidavit of candidacy.
  • Complete and file campaign finance reports.

Redistricting may have adjusted candidate’s legislative or commissioner districts, and candidates are encouraged to visit for more information.

The primary election is Aug. 9 and the general election is Nov. 8.

For more information, call 218-824-1051, email or visit .

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