Running For Office - 2020

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 - 2020


  • In 2020, elections will be conducted for the office of the Mayor and 3 At-Large council seats. Both the Mayor and the At-Large Council are elected to 4 year terms. Terms will begin in January 2021 and end in January 2025. (elected candidates are sworn in at the first regular Council meeting in January following election).

Primary Election - Mayor


  • In cases where more than 2 individuals file for Mayor, a primary election will be held. If required, a municipal primary election would be held in conjunction with the state primary on Tuesday, August 11th 2020. The two candidates receiving the most votes will then have their names placed on the ballot for a general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Primary Election - At-Large Council


  • In cases where more than 6 individuals file for At-Large Council 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 11th 2020. The 6 candidates receiving the most votes will then have their names placed on the ballot for a general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Filing For Office - 

See who has filed for office this year. 



  • Filings for all positions will open on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2th, 2020. 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 4th, 2020.
  • 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.  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 4th, 2020. This form must be completed and submitted at that time.
Campaign Finance 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Campaign Financial Report - Certification of Filing (PDF): Each candidate or committee is required to submit this form within 7 days after the general election.
  • Minnesota Campaign Manual (PDF): This pamphlet outlines fair reporting and campaign practices. Please note the sections relating to contributions, advertising and election day activities.
  • Candidate Name Pronunciation (PDF): See this notice from the State of Minnesota regarding pronunciation of your name for use on the Automark machine read ballot.

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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