Filing for Public Office

2016 Candidate Filing Period Open

The filing period for the 2016 elections begins Tuesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. and will run through Tuesday, May 31 at 5 p.m. Filings occur at the Blue Earth County License Center. Candidates may file for County Commissioner seats, Soil and Water Conservation District seats and state legislative and judicial seats. Blue Earth County also serves as the filing official for City of Mankato candidates.
Follow this link to see up-to-date filings for Blue Earth County.

Public Office Affidavit of Candidacy

All candidates must file affidavits stating, in part:
  • Name of the office sought
  • Candidate is an eligible voter
  • Candidate has no other affidavit on file for any other office for the election
  • Candidate meets the qualifications for the office
  • Name listed on the affidavit is the candidate’s true name or name by which the candidate is commonly known in the community
A candidate for county office who will be out of the state during the filing period may file an Affidavit of Candidacy and any required filing fee or petition during the seven days immediately preceding the candidate’s absence from the state (Minnesota Statutes 204B.09). The appropriate filing officer should be contacted for more specific information. Affidavit of Candidacy forms may be obtained from the filing officer.

Filing Fee

A filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the Affidavit of Candidacy.
  • County Office - $50
  • City of Mankato Office - $20
  • Soil and water conservation district supervisor - $20
A candidate who provides the filing fee by a check or other instrument for which sufficient funds are not available will have his or her name removed from the ballot and is liable for all costs incurred by election officials in removing the name from the ballot (Minnesota Statutes 204B.11). Note, fees subject to change.

Qualifications for Office

Every candidate must state on the Affidavit of Candidacy that the candidate is an eligible voter, will be at least 21 years of age when assuming office, and will have been a resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election (Minnesota Statutes 204B.06).

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