Candidate Information

If you're interested in elected office and file for office as a candidate, you'll need to comply with laws and rules related to campaigning.  Use this site to learn more about those steps and requirements. 

First, Become a Candidate
The first official step as an individual interested in elected office is to complete the Affidavit of Candidacy and file for the office. The Blue Earth County Elections Office is the filing official for residents of Blue Earth County for certain state offices, as well as county-level offices.  We are also the filing location for the City of Mankato.  Learn more about filing as a candidate here.

Candidates filing in 2020 - due to the COVID-19 pandemic - will need to follow one of following options. For the safety of our elections staff and due to public entry restrictions at County buildings, we encourage candidates to:
  • Complete their filings electronically and submit them to our elections office email address. Once submitted, candidates will need to contact the elections office to complete the filing fee.
  • Mail or drop-off completed filings (with the filing fee) at the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, 204 S. 5th Street, Mankato.
    The mailing address is PO Box 3567, Mankato MN 56001
If electronic or mail/drop-off filing isn't possible or desired, appointments can be scheduled by contacting our office.

The earliest you may file is 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and all affidavits, including filing fees, must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

If candidates have any questions, please contact us at 507-304-4341 or via email.

Steps Needed to File for Office as a Candidate 
  1. All candidates must file an Affidavit of Candidacy stating, in part, the name of the office sought, that the candidate is an eligible voter, the candidate has no other affidavit on file for any other office for the election, the candidate meets the qualifications for the office, and name provided is the candidate's true name or name by which the candidate is commonly known in the community.
  2. All candidates should submit a Name Pronunciation Guide which ensures your name is pronounced correctly on assistive voting devices that read ballots to voters.
  3. All candidates must submit a Campaign Financial Certification of Filing form. 
  4. All candidates must have their Affidavit of Candidacy witnessed by a Notary Public or other officer empowered to take and certify acknowledgement.
  5. All candidates must submit the appropriate filing fee. This must be paid at the time of filing the Affidavit of Candidacy. For county offices, the fee is $50. For Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor and City of Mankato offices, the fee is $20. For any other offices, contact our office. Check and cash are accepted, and for candidates filing electronically, credit card can be accepted by contacting our office.
  6. After the completed forms and filing fee is received by the Elections Office, candidates will receive a copy of an accepted candidacy filing and the candidacy will be entered into the state's candidate filing system
Please note, a candidate who provides the filing fee by a check or other instrument for which sufficient funds are not available will have his or her name removed from the ballot and is liable for all costs incurred by election officials in removing the name from the ballot (Minnesota Statutes 204B.11). Also, please note fees are subject to change.


Information and Resources Once You're a Candidate
When you file for office, it is the candidate’s (and/or the campaign’s) responsibility to understand all the laws and rules related to running for elected office. Some information may be provided to you in paper format, but it is all available below. These are the many resources that candidates will likely find helpful.  We encourage you to review this.  The information is divided into sections for various elected offices.

We strongly encourage you to review the campaign financial reporting information section below.

Candidates for City of Mankato offices will want to review information provided by the city.

Candidates for Board of Soil and Water Conservation District offices will want to review information provided by the Blue Earth County Soil and Water Conservation District.

All Candidates

Candidates of Federal or State-level Offices
  • Voluntary Disclosure form for federal and state candidates to provide additional information to the Secretary of State.

Candidates for County-level Offices
The Association of Minnesota Counties has created several fact sheets and other information that may be helpful to candidates for county-level positions


For More Information...

The Minnesota Secretary of State has more information on becoming a candidate for elected office on its website