FILING DATES

Candidate Filing Period for State Primary (August 13) and/or General Election (November 5), for City of Bemidji Municipal Elections in which a primary is possible:

Opens:     May 21, 2024 (8:00 A.M.)

Closes:     June 4, 2024 (5:00 P.M.) 

Withdraw by:  June 6, 2024 (5:00 P.M.)

Filing Fee: $5.00

 OFFICES OPEN FOR FILING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with M.S. 205.13, Subd. 2 and City Charter Section 4.04, that the candidate filing period will open at 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, for the following City of Bemidji offices:

      Mayor (Four year term beginning January 6, 2025)
      Council Member Ward One (Four year term beginning January 6, 2025)
      Council Member Ward Three (Four year term beginning January 6, 2025)
      Council Member Ward Five (Four year term beginning January 6, 2025)

Filing of an original, properly executed affidavit of candidacy and filing fee will be accepted with the office of the City Clerk, 317 4th Street NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; except on June 4, 2024, filing may be made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Questions should be directed to the City Clerk at 218-759-3570.


Candidate filing information packets and affidavits of candidacy are available below or from the office of the City Clerk.  Questions should be directed to the City Clerk - 218.759.3570

 MINNESOTA CAMPAIGN PRACTICES & FINANCIAL REPORTING

MINNESOTA CAMPAIGN PRACTICES VIOLATIONS

The Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is authorized to hear and decide complaints alleging violations of the Fair Campaign Practices and Finance Acts (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 211A and 211B ). Some examples of complaints filed with the OAH might include allegations of false campaign materials, unauthorized campaign signs and pamphlets, improper inducements to vote, and prohibited political activities by corporations. These complaints are heard by a panel of three Administrative Law Judges who may dismiss the matter, issue a reprimand, impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000, and/or refer the complaint to a county attorney for criminal proceedings.

To file a complaint with the Office of Administrative Hearings:

 

MINNESOTA CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board is responsible for enforcement of laws and rules related to candidates running for state constitutional offices, state legislators, and judges. Their jurisdiction covers campaign contributions, campaign expenditures, campaign fundraising practices, gifts to candidates and elected officials, as well as other aspects of campaign finance covered under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 10A, and Minnesota Rules 4500-4525.

To file a complaint with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board: