Run for Elected Office


Federal Offices

Candidates for U.S. Representative may file with the MN Secretary of State from May 17, 2022 until May 31, 2022 at 5pm.

State Offices

Candidates for State Senator, State Representative, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General and any Judicial office may file with the MN Secretary of State from May 17, 2022 until May 31, 2022 at 5pm.

County Offices

Candidates for County offices such as County Commissioner and Soil and Water Supervisor may file with Ramsey County Elections from May 17, 2022 until May 31, 2022 at 5pm.

City Offices

Candidates for City offices such as Mayor and City Councilmember may file with the City of New Brighton from August 2, 2022 until August 16, 2022 at 5pm. Please see the section below labeled "How to file for Municipal Office" for details.


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How to file for Municipal Office
The City of New Brighton will have one mayor position (two-year term) and two City Council members at large (four-year terms) on the ballot in the November 8, 2022 election. Individuals interested in running for office, may file their affidavit of candidacy along with the required $5 filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) from August 2, 2022 until August 16, 2022 at 5pm. Information about how to file for public office is below. Filing forms will be posted to this page of the City website in July 2022.
File Your Affidavit of Candidacy by Mail

When filing for office by mail, your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) must be received by the City of New Brighton during the filing period from August 2, 2022 until August 16, 2022 at 5pm. Your affidavit of candidacy must be notarized by a certified notary public, including the notary’s stamp indicating current certification. For locations and hours of low-cost notary services currently available to the public, see a list of regional locations below. You may also contact your bank to inquire about notary services available to members at local branches, or visit notary.sos.state.mn.us to locate in-person notaries in your area.  

After the City of New Brighton has received and certified your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee, staff will send a letter of confirmation and receipt by email or postal mail (if you do not provide your email). In case filing officers have questions regarding your filing documents, please be prepared to answer your phone at the number provided on your affidavit of candidacy. 

Mail to:

City of New Brighton Elections
803 Old Hwy 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

Notary service available to the public:

UPS Store
1670 Robert St, West Saint Paul  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (call before to ensure a notary is available before you visit)
651-451-0611

Old National Bank
1570 Concordia Ave, Suite 100, Saint Paul
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
612-486-9760

Along with a confirmation letter and receipt, New Brighton Elections staff will send you a candidate filing packet with information on running for office, campaign finance, and fair campaign practices. Please contact the Elections Office at any time with questions: 651-638-2045.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy Electronically

When filing for office electronically, your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) must be received by the City of New Brighton during the filing period from August 2, 2022 until August 16, 2022 at 5pm. Your affidavit of candidacy must be notarized by a certified notary public, including the notary’s stamp indicating current certification. For locations and hours of low-cost notary services currently available to the public, see a list of regional locations below. You may also contact your bank to inquire about notary services available to members at local branches, or visit notary.sos.state.mn.us to locate in-person notaries in your area.  

After the City of New Brighton has received and certified your affidavit of candidacy, you will be sent an email with instructions to securely pay your filing fee electronically by credit card. Once your filing fee is received, staff will send a letter of confirmation and receipt by email. Note: Both your affidavit of candidacy and your payment (or petition in lieu of payment) must be received before the filing period closes at 5:00 pm on August 16, 2022. 

Email your affidavit of candidacy to City Clerk Terri Spangrud at: 

terri.spangrud@newbrightonmn.gov

Notary service available to the public:

UPS Store
1670 Robert St, West Saint Paul  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (call before to ensure a notary is available before you visit)
651-451-0611

Old National Bank
1570 Concordia Ave, Suite 100, Saint Paul
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
612-486-9760

Along with a confirmation letter and receipt, New Brighton Elections staff will send you a candidate filing packet with information on running for office, campaign finance, and fair campaign practices. Please contact the Elections Office at any time with questions: 651-638-2045.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy In Person by Appointment

You may file your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) in person at New Brighton City Hall located at 803 Old Hwy 8 NW during the filing period from August 2, 2022 until August 16, 2022 at 5pm.

Appointment recommended. 

Call 651-638-2045 and schedule an appointment to file your affidavit at New Brighton City Hall during regular business hours. Having an appointment helps us serve you better. It guarantees that a staff member will be available to assist you, guarantees a notary public will be available and that all filing materials will be prepared for you ahead of time. Please plan for this appointment to take about 15 minutes.  

Curbside service is available on request. 

You may drop by City Hall during regular business hours to file your affidavit of candidacy without an appointment. However, staff may not be available or on-site to assist you when you drop by.  Curbside service is not available for drop-by candidate filings.

How should you prepare to file for office? 

To prepare for your visit, you may complete all parts of the affidavit of candidacy except your signature, which must be witnessed by an official authorized to administer oaths. Note: residential address and phone number are required; an affidavit cannot be accepted without this information. You must also be prepared to pay the required filing fee or file a petition in place of filing fee.  Electronic payment options are not available for in-person filing. 

Staff will provide you a candidate filing packet and answer any questions you might have about running for office.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy by Dropping by in Person - Curbside Only

Locations to file by dropping by in person on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm:during the filing period from July 28, 2020 to 5:00 pm on  August 11, 2020.

  • New Brighton City Hall; 803 Old Hwy 8 NW; New Brighton MN 55112
    • Call 651-638-2045 when you arrive.
  • Ramsey County Elections; 90 Plato Blvd W.; St. Paul MN 55107
    • Call 651-266-2171 when you arrive 

Please be prepared for a possible wait as only one candidate may file at a time. You may instead call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure staff is available to assist you when you would like. We will be prepared with all required materials and meet you outside. If you do not arrive at the building in a vehicle, we can meet with you in the public area outside our building entrance.

How should you prepare to file for office? 

To prepare for your visit, you may complete all parts of the affidavit of candidacy except your signature, which must be witnessed by an official authorized to administer oaths. Note: residential address and phone number are required; an affidavit cannot be accepted without this information. You must also be prepared to pay the required filing fee or file a petition in place of filing fee.  Electronic payment options are not available for in-person filing. 

Staff will provide you a candidate filing packet and answer any questions you might have about running for office.  
 

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 - including inside multifamily housing.  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.

Polling Places and Precinct Map

The precinct boundaries and polling places for City of New Brighton voters have changed. Please visit our Redistricting Information page to learn about the City's redistricting work and download the City's complete redistricting plans. 

  • NEW Precinct 1 - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; 835  2nd Ave NW
  • NEW Precinct 2 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 100 Silver Lake Rd
  • NEW Precinct 3 - Salem Covenant Church; 2655  5th St NW
  • NEW Precinct 4 - Christ the King Church; 1900  7th St NW
  • NEW Precinct 5 - Faith Church; 1600 Silver Lake Rd
  • NEW Precinct 6 - New Brighton Community Center; 400  10th St NW
  • NEW Precinct 7 - The United Church of Christ located at 1000 Long Lake Rd
  • NEW Precinct 8 - GracePoint Church located at 2351 Rice Creek Rd

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 or you may send this map to the printer of your choice. Please note that it should be printed at 500% or more to read individual addresses.

Link to official map coming by May 30, 2022.