Congratulations to our 2014 clients!

P2B Strategies had the privilege of working with dozens of candidates. By forwarding their ideas, every one of them contributed to making our state a better place. We salute those candidates who won election last week and wish them the best in 2015. To those who came up short, please consider running again. Our state needs you!

State Representative Anna Wills
State Representative Bob Barrett
State Representative Bob Dettmer
County Commissioner Bobbie Harder
County Sheriff Chris Caulk
State Representative Dan Fabian
State Representative Dave Baker
State Representative Dave Hancock
State Representative Deb Kiel
State Representative Dennis Smith
Congressman Erik Paulsen
State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen
State Representative Jeff Backer
Mayor Jeff Lunde
State Representative Jenifer Loon
Three Rivers Commissioner Jennifer DeJournett
State Representative Jim Knoblach
State Representative Josh Heintzeman
State Representative Joyce Peppin
County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson
State Representative Linda Runbeck
City Council Member Lorie Cousineau
City Council Member Mark Eiden
State Representative Mark Uglem
State Representative Mary Franson
City Council Member Nadine Schoen
State Representative Peggy Scott
State Representative Ron Kresha
State Representative Roz Peterson
State Representative Steve Drazkowski
State Representative Steve Green
State Representative Tama Theis
City Council Member Terry Parks
State Representative Tim Miller
School Board Member Tom Lehmann

Filing for Office

Filing for Office

Tips, Hints and One Key Mistake to Avoid!

Candidates for all of Minnesota’s constitutional offices, including State Representative and State Senator, who want their name to appear on the November ballot MUST file an affidavit of candidacy for office between Tuesday, May 20 and Tuesday, June 3. Candidates may withdraw their names from the ballot by by filing an affidavit of withdrawal within 2 days of the end of the filing period, or by Thursday, June 5.

Minnesota Statutes 204B.09 subd.1(d) states “Affidavits and petitions for state offices must be filed with the secretary of state or with the county auditor of the county in which the candidate resides.” This means you can file at the secretary of state’s office located in the State Office Building in St. Paul or at your home county auditor’s office.

Here are some filing suggestions.

  1. The filing fee is $100 for both State Representative and State Senator. Cash, campaign or personal check is accepted.
  2. You must know your district number when filing! If you file in the wrong district, and the paperwork is submitted, you’ll have to withdraw your candidacy and re-file at an additional $100 cost. If you fail to file in the correct district and the filing period ends, you’re out of luck.
  3. DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF USING YOUR LEGAL OR FORMAL NAME WHEN FILING! Instead, use the name by which you are commonly known. For instance, if your legal name is Theodore Andrew McGuire IV, but you are commonly known as Ted McGuire, that is the name you should use.  Don’t use a formal first name such as Stephen, Jonathan, Elizabeth, etc., if everyone knows you as Steve, John or Betty. Don’t add a suffix such as “IV” or “Jr”. KEEP IT SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD.
  4. While you don’t have to file the first day, there is no strategic reason to wait. Why not file early — within the first few days — so your opponent knows you’re ready to go! Give him/her something to think about every day.
  5. Bring a camera and take a picture to submit with your filing press release. (Make sure the photo is high resolution and remove the date stamp. Have the photo taken of either you completing the paperwork, handing it to the filing clerk or standing with smile in front of the counter.)
  6. Submit your “filing for office” press release and photo immediately after filing. You are likely to get press so make sure the press release reiterates your “why I’m running for office” message.
  7. The filing fee is a non-campaign disbursement and while it needs to be reported, doesn’t count against your spending limits. Your treasurer should properly code the expense as a non-campaign disbursement on your campaign finance report.

If you have questions about the filing process, or for other ideas that influence, contact us today.

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