Running For Local Office
To Hold Office in Sartell
To hold an elected position in the city of Sartell, you must:
· Be an eligible voter in Minnesota;
· Have not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election;
· Be 21 years old or will be on assuming office; and
· 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 two at-large Council seats. The Council Members will be elected to a 4-year term beginning in January 2017 and ending in January 2021.
In cases where more than 4 individuals file for City Council, a primary election will be held. If required, a municipal primary would be held in conjunction with the state primary on Tuesday, August 9th. The 4 candidates for city 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 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st. All required forms are available on line (Click on name of form) or at Sartell City Hall. These forms must be received in the office of the city clerk at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road North during this time. Any candidate wishing to remove their name from the ballot must file an Affidavit of Withdrawal by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2nd.
To file for office, you will need the following forms (please note that as of the posting of this information the Secretary of State’s office has not yet updated all of its forms for 2016, links will be made once the Secretary of State's office has made them available):
- Affidavit of Candidacy:This form must be completed by the individual running for office, and is to be submitted along with a $5 filing fee, unless a Petition in Place of Filing Fee is submitted. The Affidavit of Candidacy must be signed in front of a notary public or other officer empowered to take and certify acknowledgement.
- Address of Residence Form: This form is used ONLY IF private data box checked on affidavit of candidacy.
- Minnesota Petition in Place of Filing Fee: At the time of filing an affidavit of candidacy, a candidate may present a petition in place of the filing fee. The petition may be signed by any individual eligible to vote for the candidate. The number of signatures on a petition in place of filing fee shall be the lesser of 500 signatures or five percent of the total number of votes cast in the municipality at the preceding general election at which that office was on the ballot.
- Affidavit of Withdrawal of Candidacy:If you wish to withdraw, you must do so until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2nd. This form must be completed and submitted by that time.
- Campaign Financial Reports:This form must be submitted at various times throughout the campaign. The initial report of the candidate must be filed within 14 days of the candidate 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 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.
- Campaign Financial Report – Certification of Filing: Each candidate or committee is required to submit this form within 7 days after the general election.
- Minnesota Campaign Manual: This pamphlet outlines fair reporting and campaign practices. Please note the sections relating to contributions, advertising and election day activities.
- Candidate Name Pronunciation: See this notice from the State of MN regarding digitized pronunciation of your name for use on the AutoMark machine read ballot.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Notice on Campaign Signs
See this notice from the MN Department of Transportation regarding the placement of campaign signs. Please note, the city prohibits posting of any campaign signs in the right-of-way of any city streets, or on public utility poles (i.e. light poles, signal light poles, street signs, etc.) or on trees, shrubs, rocks or any other natural features. In addition, no signs may be posted on public property such as parks, medians, or other open spaces.