Run for Office

**COVID-19 Candidate Filing Update**

  • Electronic Candidate Filing 
    • HF 3429 was signed into law on May 13, 2020 authorizing electronic candidate filing for the 2020 elections. 
    • To file electronically with Anoka County, candidates should email their completed (and notarized) affidavit of candidacy to [email protected] beginning on May 19. Judges must also include a copy of their attorney license.
    • Candidates can also pay the filing fee online. Select "Affidavit of Candidacy" and then indicate the office you are filing for on the "Office Sought" line. Filing fee amounts are listed below. The filing is not considered complete until payment is received.  
  • Filing by Mail or Drop-Off
    • Candidates are able to file or withdraw by mail or delivery service. The delivered documents must be complete and include the filing fee or petition in lieu of a filing fee (and copy of attorney license for judges).
    • Anoka County has a drop box located in front of the Anoka County Government Center at 2100 3rd Avenue. Completed candidate affidavits and filing fees (or petition in lieu of fee) can be placed into a sealed envelope in the drop box.
  • In-Person Candidate Filing
    • Anoka County Elections will be open to accept in-person candidate filings during our regular business hours from May 19-June 2. We will be closed for Memorial Day on May 25.
  • Candidate filing packets will be posted on this site for candidates to access electronically. Paper packets will be available upon request.
  • Complete documents/fees must be received by the filing office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Withdrawal documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the withdrawal period. No exceptions.

State, County, Municipal and School District Offices - 2020 Elections

Notice of Filing - 2020 Notice of Candidate Filings for Office
State and Judicial Offices - File at Secretary of State or with the county auditor of the county in which the candidate resides
State Senator, Districts 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41
​State Representative, Districts 31A, 31B, 35A, 35B, 36A, 36B, 37A, 37B, 41A, 41B
​Minnesota Supreme Court: Associate Justice Seat 4
​Minnesota Court of Appeals: Seat 13 (6th Congressional District)
​Minnesota Tenth Judicial District: Seats 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 32, 35, 38, 39, 43
Anoka County Offices - File at Anoka County Elections office. More information provided below.
​County Commissioner District 1, 2, 3, 6
​Soil and Water Conservation District 1, 4, 5
Municipal/Township Offices - File at city/township hall
School District Offices - File at school district office

Details for Filing at Anoka County

Filings Dates: All candidates must file their Affidavit of Candidacy during the filing period which runs from Tuesday, May 19, 2020 through Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (exception: filing will continue until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2). Note that our office will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Candidates who will be absent from the state during the filing period may arrange with the Anoka County Office of Elections and Voter Registration to file prior to departure.
Filing Location: ​
​Anoka County Elections and Voter Registration
​​2100 3rd Ave, Suite W130 ​
​Anoka MN 55303
Filing Fee: Judges - $300; State Senator/Representative - $100; County Office - $50; Soil & Water Conservation District Supv. - $20
​Candidates must pay a filing fee at the time they file Affidavit of Candidacy. Candidates who provide the filing fee by check or other instrument for which sufficient funds are not available will have their names removed from the ballot and are liable for all costs incurred by election officials in removing their names from the ballot. ​
Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee: Candidates may file a petition in place of the filing fee. Sample forms and information about the number of required signatures on a petition that replaces the filing fee are available from the filing officer.

Affidavit of Candidacy

All candidates must file an Affidavit of Candidacy for office. Candidates must state that the name listed on their affidavit is their true name by which they are commonly known in the community. A candidate phone number is required. Affidavits must be signed in the presence of a notary or an individual authorized to administer oaths. Staff of the Anoka County Elections Office can perform this function free of charge.
Candidate Withdrawal - If after filing you decide you no longer wish to run for office, you must file an Affidavit of Withdrawal no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. The names of all candidates who do not file an Affidavit of Withdrawal before the deadline will appear on the ballot – no exceptions. The filing fee is non-refundable.
Candidate Information - The Election Candidate Information Form produced by the Secretary of State. Completion of the form is voluntary. If provided, the completed form will be posted on the website of the MN Secretary of State. Be advised that subsequent changes to that information may be made, but may not appear for 2-3 days after submission to this office. Please review all information carefully to ensure contact numbers, email addresses, etc. are correct at the time of filing.

Qualifications For County Offices

Qualifications vary for other offices. For federal, state, and school board offices, see the Secretary of State's candidate qualifications list
•At least 21 years of age upon assuming office
​•Resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election
•Eligible to vote (citizen of U.S., residence in MN for 20 days, not convicted of a felony without having civil rights restored, not under guardianship of the person where have not retained the right to vote, not found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote)
•Not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election
•Candidates for County Attorney must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota
•Candidates for County Sheriff must be licensed Peace Officers in Minnesota