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2017 Elections

Exercise your right to vote!
The City Clerk administers city, state and federal elections. Staff in the city clerk's office is available to answer your questions about elections including candidate filing, voter registration and absentee voting. The city clerk's office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.     

2017 city elections

  • Four municipal offices will be on the ballot and open for filing: Council member wards 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Candidate filing for city offices opens on May 16, 2017 and closes on May 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Candidates may withdraw until June 1 at 5 p.m. (remove their name from the ballot)
  • Candidates must reside within the ward they seek nomination (Council Ward Map
  • A Primary Election will be held on August 8 IF three or more candidates file for the same office
  • School Board offices for ISD #283 will also be on the ballot (General Election only)
  • There will be no federal, state or county offices on the ballot in 2017

Who Has Filed for Municipal Office?

The following individuals have submitted the required materials to appear on the 2017 municipal election ballot:

Councilmember, Ward 1

  • Steve Kaplan
  • Margaret Rog
  • Brian Shekleton
  • Zaylore Stout

Councilmember, Ward 2 

  • Anne Mavity
  • Noelle Racette

Councilmember, Ward 3

  • Jim Leuthner

Councilmember, Ward 4

  • Tim Brausen

The candidate filing period closes on May 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.  

Additional information regarding candidate filings, including candidate contact information, can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

Important election dates:

May 16 Municipal candidate filing opens
May 30 Municipal candidate filing closes at 5 p.m .
June 1 Deadline for candidate to withdraw (by 5 p.m.)
June 23 Absentee voting opens, if there is a Primary
August 5 Absentee voting available at city hall 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
August 7 Absentee voting closes at 5 p.m., if there is a Primary 
August 8 Primary Election, if necessary (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Aug. 10 or 11 City Council special meeting to canvass election results
September 22 First day of absentee voting for General Election
November 4 ´╗┐Absentee voting available at city hall 10 a.m. - 3 p.m´╗┐.
November 6 Absentee voting closes at 5 p.m.
November 7 Election Day (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)



Candidate Filing FAQ

updated: Monday, April 24, 2017

When is the candidate filing period for municipal offices?
The candidate filing period for municipal offices is May 16 - May 30 at 5 p.m.

The candidate withdrawal period is May 31 - June 1 at 5 p.m.

What are the requirements to become a candidate for municipal office?

  • Be an eligible voter
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Reside within the ward while seeking election and while serving in office

How do I file for a municipal office?
Candidates must submit the following to the city clerk during the filing period:

  • Affidavit of Candidacy 
  • $20 filing fee
  • Nominating petition containing the signatures of at least 15 registered voters qualified to vote for the office specified in the petition.  
  • The format of the nominating petition must substantially follow what is outlined in Section 4.07 of the Home Rule Charter and can be found below.    

Where do I file for office?
Candidates for municipal offices file an affidavit of candidacy, nominating petition and filing fee with the city clerk.  

  • The clerk's office is located on the third floor of St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
  • The clerk's office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Please Note: City offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day

Candidates for the St. Louis Park School Board must file an affidavit of candidacy at the St. Louis Park Public Schools District Office.

  • The candidate filing period for school board positions is August 1 - August 15, 2017
  • The district office is located at 6425 W. 33rd St.
  • For more information, including hours of operation, please contact Cindy Bennett at 952.928.6001

When can I collect signatures on a nominating petition?

  • Signatures may only be collected during the candidate filing period (May 16 - May 30)
  • No elector can sign petitions for more candidates than the number of places to be filled at the election. Should the elector do so that signature shall be void.

Important forms for candidates
2017 Nominating Petition
2017 Affidavit of Candidacy

Additional resources
2017 Municipal Candidate Guide
2016 Campaign Guide (provided by Office of Secretary of State)



More Links

City Clerk's Office
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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