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Filing For Office
Filing Requirements for Local Office
  • $5 filing fee for local election; filing fees vary for other offices
  • At least 21 years old when assuming office
  • Complete and file campaign finance reports
  • Eligible voter
  • File an Affidavit of Candidacy form in the office of the City Clerk
  • Have no other affidavit on file for any other elected office
  • Reside in their districts for at least 30 days before the general election

Filing Dates
The filing period for office of City Council member and Mayor to be elected in the November 4, 2014 General Election opens July 29, 2014. Filing closes at 5:00 pm on August 12, 2014 as per Minnesota Statute 205.13, subdivision 1a. Affidavits of withdrawal are due by August 14, 2014. Candidates may file affidavits of withdrawal with the City Clerk by 5:00 pm as per Minnesota Statutes 205.13, subdivision 6. The filing fee is not refundable as per Minnesota Statute 204B.11.

The filing period for the Ward 2 City Council person special election opens February 10, 2015 and closes February 24, 2015.

Filing Locations for Local Office (Mayor and City Council)
You can file for local office at:
City of St. James City Hall
P.O. Box 70
124 Armstrong Blvd. S.
St. James, MN 56081

Campaign & Public Disclosure Board
View information on the Minnesota Campaign and Public Disclosure Board.

NOTE: Candidates that file with the City of St. James for the local races will receive a packet of information containing materials regarding campaigning, signage, a precinct map, and information on where other material may be obtained. This packet will be reviewed with the candidates at the time of filing.

Fair Campaign Practices
Find out more about fair campaign practices by reviewing the Minnesota Secretary of State Campaign Manual

Campaign Signage
Review the Minnesota State Statutes to learn specifics on campaign signage.
  • May be posted until ten days following the General Election, as per Minnesota State Statute 211B.045
  • May be placed on private property; may not be placed upon public lands or any street rights of way or on private property without the permission of the owner or lessee, St. James City Code 11.70 subdivision 15
  • Temporary political signage may be up to sixteen (16) square feet, St. James City Code 11.70 subdivision 15   
  • Verify Watonwan County's and State of Minnesota/MnDOT policy on placement of signs on County Roads and State Highways