Running For Office

To Hold Office in St. Cloud
To hold an elected position in the city of St. Cloud, you must:
  • Be an eligible voter
  • Be 21 years old
  • Reside in the city for 30 days prior to the general election
Elections to be Held this Year
In 2016, elections will be conducted for the offices of Mayor and three At Large Council seats.  In addition, a special election will be held to fill the balance of the 2nd Ward seat currently held by Steve Laraway.  The Mayor and At-Large positions will be elected to a 4-year term beginning in January 2017 and ending in January 2021.  The candidate elected to fill the balance of the term for the 2nd Ward Council will serve a two year term beginning in January of 2017 and ending in January, 2019.  (Candidates take their seats at the first regular Council meeting in January following election).

Primary Election
In cases where more than 2 individuals file for Mayor or 2nd Ward Council or where more than 6 individuals file for the At Large seats, a primary election will be held. If required, a municipal primary election would be held in conjunction with the state primary on Tuesday, August 9th. The two candidates for Mayor and 2nd Ward Council along with the six candidates for At Large Council receiving the most votes will then have their names placed on the ballot for a general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Filing for Office
Filings for all positions will open on Tuesday, May 17th and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st. All required forms (PDF) are available online. These forms must be received in the office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 400 2nd Street South during this time. Any candidate wishing to remove their name from the ballot must file an Affidavit of Withdrawal by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2nd.

See who has filed for office this year. To file for office, you will need the following forms:

  • Petition for Nomination (PDF): Each candidate or committee will be required to submit this petition signed by 25 individuals registered to vote in the city of St. Cloud. When applicable, Ward candidates must acquire signatures only from registered voters residing in the ward for which they are running. Candidates running for Mayor or At Large Council may gather their signatures from anywhere in the City.  Signatures should not be collected until the filing period opens. 

    Please have each individual sign and print their name and address in the space provided. Registrations will be verified so it is recommended that you acquire extra signatures in case some of the individuals signing your petition are not properly registered. Each petition form has room for 10 signatures per page. Feel free to make as many copies as you need in order to acquire 25 verifiable signatures.
  • Affidavit of Candidate for Nomination (PDF): This form must be completed by the individual running for office, and is to be submitted along with a $5 filing fee. While the petition noted above can be circulated and submitted by a group or individual other than the candidate him/herself, the affidavit for nomination form must be signed by the candidate for office.
  • Affidavit of Withdrawal of Candidacy (PDF): If you wish to withdraw, you may do so until 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2nd. This form must be completed and submitted at that time.
  • Campaign Financial Reports: This form is to be submitted at various times throughout the campaign. The initial report of the candidate or committee must be filed within 14 days of the candidate or committee receiving contributions or making disbursements of more than $750.
Additional reports are required as follows:
  • Ten days before the primary election
  • Ten days before the general election
  • A final report may be filed any time after the candidate or committee has settled all debts and disposed of all assets in excess of $100
Candidates may not accept aggregate contributions in excess of $600 made or delivered by an individual or committee in an election year. In addition, candidates must provide the name, address, employer or occupation, amount, and date of contributions from a single source that exceeds $100.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Notice on Campaign Signs
See this notice (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Transportation regarding the placement of campaign signs. Please note, the city prohibits posting of any campaign signs in any street right of way. Signs found in this space may constitute a traffic hazard and will be removed immediately. To avoid having your signs removed, simply remember to post them "inside" the sidewalk on private property - not on the street / boulevard side of the walkway. In addition, no signs may be posted on public property such as parks, medians, or other open spaces.

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