Filing for Office

Requirements to File for Local Office:

  • Must be an eligible voter
  • Must be at least 21 years old when assuming office
  • Must reside in their districts for at least 30 days before the General Election
  • Must have no other affidavit on file for any other elected office
  • Must pay $20 filing fee for local election (Filing Fees vary for other offices)
  • Must file an Affidavit of Candidacy form in the Office of the City Clerk
  • Must complete and file Campaign Finance Reports

Filing Dates for 2018 City Council Election:

(MN Statute 20513, subdivision 1a)

  • Opens: May 22, 2018
  • Closes: June 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Affidavits of Withdrawl are due to the City Clerk by June 7, 2018 by 5 p.m. (MN Statutes 20513, subd. 6).
    • The filing fee is not refundable (MN Statute 204B.11)

Filing Locations:

  • Local Races
    Burnsville City Hall
    100 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337
    952-895-4490
  • County Races
    Dakota County Treasurer-Auditor in Hastings: County Offices
    State offices where the entire district is in Dakota County
  • State/Federal Races
     Minnesota Secretary of State

For additional information contact Burnsville's Office of the City Clerk at 952-895-4490 or via email.

Minnesota Campaign & Public Disclosure Board

Minnesota Campaign & Public Disclosure Board Website

Candidates that file with the City of Burnsville for 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:

View the Minnesota Secretary of State Campaign Manual

View the Campaign Filing Packet

Campaign Signage

  • May be posted from June 10 until ten days following the General Election. (MN State Statute 211B.045
  • 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. (10-30-3/10-30-4 of the Burnsville City Code)
  • Posters must verify Dakota County's policy on placement of signs.

Campaign Financial Reporting Requirements:

During a year when the candidate's name is on the ballot, at least three finance reports must be filed:

  • 10 days before the primary or special primary.
  • 10 days before the General Election or Special Election.
  • 30 days after the General or Special Election.

Initial Finance Report

  • Must be filed within 14 days of receiving or disbursing contributions of more than $750.

Annual Report

  • Required by January 31 of each year and until a Final Report is filed.

Final Report

  • Filed by a candidate or committee when all debts have been settled and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of.

Certification of Filing Report 

  • Filed no later than 7 days after the General Election.

Statement of Economic Interest Report (PDF)

  • Required by all elective office candidates (except judicial candidates).

Filing Dates for Statement of Economic Interest:

  • Within 14 days after filing an affidavit of candidacy; and
  • Within 60 days of accepting employment.
  • While in office, Supplementary Statements are filed annually by January 25 (new date effective 2016).