Filing for Office
To be eligible to file for office, an individual must meet the following requirements:
- Be an eligible voter
- Be 21 years of age or will be on assuming the office
- Have maintained residence in the district from which the candidate seeks election for 30 days before the General Election
Where to File
- Excelsior City Offices
339 Third Street
Excelsior, MN 55331
- 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
The following dates are in accordance with Minnesota statutes:
- Candidate filing opens on July 28, 2020
- Candidate filing closes on August 11, 2020
- Withdrawal deadline August 13, 2020
- Terms begin in January 2021
- 2020 Candidate Filing Packet (pdf)
- 2020 Minnesota Campaign Manual (pdf)
The following are elective offices for the City of Excelsior, which will appear on the November 3, 2020, General Election ballot.
- Term: Two years
- Salary: $300/month
- Filing Fee: $2
Councilmember (Two Positions)
- Term: Four years
- Salary: $200/month
- Filing Fee: $2
Campaign Reporting Requirements
Campaign Finance Reports must stay online for four years. Contribution limits $600.
Campaigns for County, City, Township, School District, or Other Political Subdivision Office
The requirements in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A apply to these offices and are in addition to requirements in a local charter. Required campaign reports for county, city, township, school district, and other political subdivision offices are filed with the filing officer for the office.
Campaign reporting requirements under 211A: Campaign Finance Reports Due by Candidates / Listed Below:
NOTE: Must be completed by any candidate that raises more than $750
Initial Report (Candidate or Committee Report) An initial report must be filed within 14 days after a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750. Additional required reports must be filed once an initial report is filed.
NOTE: The following reports are due only if an "initial report" has been filed
These reports are due during Election Year (an "Election Year" is any year in which the candidate’s name or a question appears on the ballot).
Due 10 days before the Primary or Special Primary. This report covers the period from where the previous report left off, up to five days before when it is due.
Due 10 days before the General Election or Special Election. This report covers the period from where the pre-primary report left off, up to five days before when it is due.
Due 30 days after the General Election or Special Election. This report covers the period from where the pre-general report left of, up to five days before when it is due.
A year-end report is due on January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report is filed. Additional reports are required in a year when the candidate’s name or the ballot question a committee is working for or against appears on the ballot.
A candidate or committee may file a final report once all debts are paid and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of. Filing a final report ends campaign reporting activity, but a new initial report must be filed if the candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750 after this point.
Note: Once a "Final Report" is filed, no further subsequent reports are required to be filed.
NOTE: All candidates must complete this form:
Certification of Filing
Due 7 days after the General Election or Special Election. A certification of filing must be filed regardless if a candidate or committee raises or spends enough to file an initial report. It indicates to the filing officer that either all the required campaign reports have been filed or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in the calendar year. The Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing form is available for download from the Campaign Forms and Handouts Page of the Secretary of State’s website.
The Campaign Financial Report form and the 2020 Campaign Manual are also available for download from the Secretary of State’s website. The Campaign Manual contains additional information regarding campaign reporting and campaign practices.