How to Run for Elected Office

There are no municipal, county or state issues on the 2019 ballot. However, Mounds View Schools and St. Anthony-New Brighton Schools continue to elect school board members in odd-numbered years. Please contact your school district elections clerk or Ramsey County Elections to learn how to file your Affidavit of Candidacy for School Board.

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New Brighton Mayor or City Councilmember

There will be three municipal offices on the New Brighton ballot in the November 2020 election.

  • Mayor (One position with a 2-year term)
  • City Councilmember (Two positions with 4-year terms)

Individuals interested in running for Mayor or City Council member can get their name on the November 2020 ballot by filing an Affidavit of Candidacy with the City Clerk's Office in City Hall during regular office hours beginning July 28, 2020 and ending August 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm. A $5 filing fee (or petition in place of the filing fee) is also due at the time of filing. 

If you bring a signed Affidavit of Candidacy with you to the City Clerk's Office, it must also be notarized. If you sign your Affidavit of Candidacy at City Hall when you file, our staff can certify the Affidavit of Candidacy for you. 

All candidates must:

  • be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
  • be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
  • have maintained residence in the City of New Brighton for at least 30 days before the general election

Candidates for municipal office in New Brighton will receive a packet that includes information about campaign finance requirements, sign placement restrictions, auto-dialing rules, election results reporting and other topics of interest. In addition, Candidates will be asked to complete an optional Candidate Information Form issued by the Office of the MN Secretary of State. This optional form asks candidates to provide their campaign website, phone number, and / or email address so interested voters may contact them. Candidates who complete and return this form before 5:00 pm on the last day of the filing period will have their form forwarded to the Office of the MN Secretary of State with a request for inclusion on their Candidate Filings webpage. 

Please contact City Clerk Terri Spangrud if you have any questions about this process. 

County Office

New Brighton residents who wish to file as a candidate for county offices such as County Commissioner or Soil and Water Supervisor may pay the appropriate filing fee and file an Affidavit of Candidacy with the Ramsey County Auditor during regular business hours from May 19, 2020 until June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm. 

Visit the Ramsey County Elections website for more information. 

State Office

New Brighton residents who wish to file as a candidate for State Senator, State Representative or for any Judicial office may pay the appropriate filing fee and file an Affidavit of Candidacy with the MN Secretary of State’s Office or with the Ramsey County Auditor during regular office hours from May 19, 2020 until June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Visit the MN Secretary of State’s website or Ramsey County Elections website for more information.

Federal Office

New Brighton residents who wish to file as a candidate for President of the United States must follow the procedures described on the MN Secretary of State’s website in the time frame required by law.

New Brighton residents who wish to file as a candidate for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative may pay the appropriate filing fee and file an Affidavit of Candidacy with the MN Secretary of State’s Office from May 19, 2020 until June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Visit the MN Secretary of State’s website (or offices) for more information.

Campaign Guidelines and Resources

The information provided here answers the most frequently asked questions about campaigning in New Brighton. If you have any questions about the information provided or have general questions about the administration of elections in the City of New Brighton, please contact the City Clerk.

Please be advised that MN State law regulates Fair Campaign Practices and Campaign Financial Activities. The MN Secretary of State's Office publishes a comprehensive Campaign Manual for candidates every two years. A copy of this manual will be provided to candidates for municipal office in New Brighton. Candidates can also visit the MN Secretary of State's website to read the Campaign Manual on-line, download and / or print it. 

City of New Brighton staff members cannot provide legal opinions and/or definitive answers about any law or rule. Candidates and committee members are encouraged to seek out their own legal, financial and/or campaign advisors / consultants for guidance.

Required Financial Reporting

Campaign Finance Reports

  • Initial report is due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy within fourteen (14) days of receiving contributions or making disbursements of more than $750.

  • Subsequent reports are due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy ten (10) days before and thirty (30) days after the election and each year by January 31st until a final report is filed.

  • Final report is due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy when all debts are settled and all assets are properly disposed of in excess of $100.

Certification of Filing

All candidates or committees must file a Certification of Filing within 7 days of a general or special election in which their name is on the ballot. On this form, the candidate or committee treasurer affirms either all required campaign finance reports have been filed, or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in that calendar year.

Please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for more information.

Door to Door Campaigning

It is permissible for a candidate or their representative to distribute campaign literature on sidewalks, in public parks and in public right-of-ways.However, campaign activities cannot pose a safety hazard or block a roadway or walkway.

A permit is not needed to distribute campaign / political material door-to-door. However, please be respectful on property owner’s wishes by leaving a property if you are asked to leave a property.

Sign Placement

Campaign Signs cannot be staked or posted on City property. This includes but is not limited to tacking, pasting, taping, gluing of campaign signs or literature on City buildings, facilities or structures including trees, poles, posts, booths, tables, chairs, tents, toilets, etc.

Campaign signs cannot be posted or erected in street right-of-ways.

Restrictions on placing signs on property owned by corporations are outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 211B.15 on Prohibited Contributions.

Automatic Dialing Devices

Automatic dialing devices may not be used without the permission of the person receiving the call. Read more about this from the State of MN Attorney General’s Office.

Campaign Fundraising

State law regulates the solicitation of campaign contributions as well as the types and amounts of campaign contributions.  In addition, state law prohibits candidates and committees from giving away (or promising to give away) anything of monetary value for the purpose of inducing a voter to refrain from voting or to vote in a particular way.

There is an exception for refreshments of food and nonalcoholic beverages having a value up to $5 that is consumed on the premises at a private gathering or public meeting.  Campaign Finance laws do not permit candidates to give alcohol away and alcohol sales are prohibited unless the proper liquor license has been acquired. 

The MN Secretary of State's Office offers detailed information for candidates on their Campaigning website and publishes a comprehensive Campaign Manual for candidates. Individuals who file for office in New Brighton will receive a copy of this manual; however, the manual is also available for download on the aforementioned Campaigning website. 

Campaign Cyber Security

In response to the emphasis on secure elections, candidates and campaigns are encouraged to consider campaign cybersecurity safeguards. Information on campaign cybersecurity can be found on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Campaign Cybersecurity webpage.

Precinct Map

Candidates for municipal office in New Brighton will receive one (1) detailed 2' x 3' copy of this map. Additional 2' x 3' copies can be ordered for $19 each. 

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