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- Mayor (next in 2022)
- Council President (next in 2020)
- 1st Ward Councilmember (next in 2022)
- 2nd Ward Councilmember (next in 2020)
- 3rd Ward Councilmember (next in 2022)
- 4th Ward Councilmember (next in 2020)
- 5th Ward Councilmember (next in 2022)
- 6th Ward Councilmember (next in 2020)
The City Clerk's Office handles filing for City offices. Candidates wishing to file to be on the ballot for other offices need to file with the appropriate filing official.
- Federal Offices: Minnesota Secretary of State
- State and Judicial Offices: Minnesota Secretary of State or Olmsted County for county residents
- County Offices: Olmsted County
- School Board Offices: Rochester Public Schools
Filing for 2020 Municipal offices will occur for a two week period beginning in late May of 2020. When the election calendar is set for 2020, the exact dates will be posted here.
Filing for 2018 Municipal offices occurred Tuesday, May 22 through Tuesday, June 5, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in person at the City Clerk's office, City Hall, 201 4th Street SE, Rochester MN 55904.
2018 Candidate Filing Packet (includes filing forms and State Campaign Manual)
Municipal candidates who file for an office can withdraw from candidacy by filing an affidavit of withdrawal in the City Clerk's Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second day following the close of the filing period.
The filing fee for all City offices is set at $50.00 by the Rochester City Charter.
Candidates may also present a petition with signatures of eligible voters in lieu of the filing fee, pursuant to Minn. Stat. 204B.11 Subd. 2. The number of required signatures is equal to the lesser of 5% of all voters casting a ballot the last time the office was on the ballot or 500. For each City office on the ballot in 2018, the required number of signatures was:
Council President: 500
Ward 2: 500
Ward 4: 355
Ward 6: 470
Must be a resident of the city of Rochester for at least 30 days prior to filing for candidacy for the office.
Must be a qualified voter in the State of Minnesota.
- Candidates filing for office must be 21 years of age or more when the oath of said office is taken. (Oath of office will be taken on the first Monday in January at the first Council meeting of the new term, January 4, 2021.)
- Candidates may not file for any other office to be voted on at said Charter Election to be held on Nov. 3, 2020.
- Must be a resident of the ward for which the person is running for at least 30 days prior to filing for candidacy for the office.
- Must be a qualified voter in the State of Minnesota.
- Candidates filing for office must be 21 years of age or more when the oath of said office is taken. (Oath of office will be taken on the first Monday in January at the first Council meeting of the new term.)
- Candidates may not file for any other office to be voted on at the same Charter Election.
For more information about elected offices in the City of Rochester, see the City of Rochester Charter, Chapter III.
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Candidates may also find the following resources from the Office of the Secretary of State helpful:
Call the City Clerk's Office at 507-328-2900.
Candidates for City offices and any campaign committees they may have must submit regular fundraising and expenditure reports.
An initial report must be filed with the City Clerk's Office within 14 days of spending or raising $750. Subsequent reports are due before both the primary and general election, as well as following the general election.
Candidates are encouraged to review campaign reporting requirements from the Office of Secretary of State.
All candidate finance reports are maintained on the City's website for a period of four years.