City Offices Candidate Filing Information


Notice is hereby given that the City of Ely General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.  The filing period for Mayor (a 2 year term) and City Council (3 each with 4 year terms) begins at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2024, and ends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2024. 

NOTE: Filing offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of Memorial Day.

Candidates may file in person or by mail between 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2024, and 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2024.  Complete documents and fees must be received, physically, by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of filing, which is June 4, 2024.

Affidavits of Candidacy forms are available at the Ely City Clerk’s office, on the City of Ely website (, email or call 218-365-3224, ext 1.  Filings will be accepted in the City Clerk’s office, 209 E. Chapman St., Ely, MN, 55731, the cost of filing is $5.00.  Candidates who will be absent from the state during the filing period and meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes section 204B.09, subdivision 1a, may arrange to file during the seven days immediately preceding the candidate’s absence from the state. This notice is sent based on current law.

If three (3) or more candidates file for the Mayor’s term and/or six (6) or more candidates file for a City Council term, the City will hold a Primary Election on August 13, 2024 to determine the candidates that will be on the General Election ballot for Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

If you have questions about filing for office, please contact the City of Ely Clerk’s office at (218) 365-3224, ext 1; or email at



To: Candidates filing for City offices in the 2024 Election

From: Harold R Langowski, Clerk/Treasurer and Casey Velcheff, Deputy Clerk

Date: May 1, 2024

Re: Campaign Information and Required Finance Reports

In this packet, you will find forms and informational sheets to assist you with your campaign as you run for City office and others that must be filed with the City Clerk's Office to meet the requirements of the law. Please read through this information thoroughly and feel free to contact us should you have any questions. Our contact information is on the 2nd page.

Documents included in this packet:

  1. Affidavit of Candidacy: Your name will be placed on the official ballot in the exact manner as printed on the Affidavit of Candidacy form, please print in upper and lower case letters. You have until 5:00 P.M. June 6, 2024 to file an Affidavit of Withdrawal. (MN Election Laws 205A.06 sub.5)
  1. Address: The checkbox labeled "My residence address is to be classified as private data" is ONLY for individuals who have an order of protection from a court. It is not an opt-in for those who prefer not to disclose. Disclosure of residential address is REQUIRED for all candidates except County Sheriff, County Attorney, Judicial candidates, and those who have the aforementioned court order for protection.
  1. Phone Number: Only judicial, county attorney and county sheriff candidates are exempt from the candidate phone number requirement. These candidates do not need to submit any additional paperwork. All other candidates must provide a phone number.
  1. Campaign Financial Reports & Due Dates: This section includes information regarding definitions and filing requirements. An initial report must be filed within 14 days after the candidate or committee receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year. (MN Statutes, Chapters 211A and 211B)

Once you have either received contributions or made disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year and an initial report has been filed, reports are then required on the following dates until a final report is filed:

  1. 10 days prior to the August 13, 2024 primary (due even if no primary): Due Friday, August 2, 2024
  1. 10 days prior to the November 5, 2024 general election: Due Friday, October 25, 2024
  1. Certification of Filing: each candidate and committee treasurer (whether you win or not) must certify within 7 days after the general election that all required reports have been filed or that the candidate and committee have not received contributions nor made expenditures in excess of $750 in a calendar year. Report is due by Tuesday, November 12, 2024. No certificate of election will be issued to a successful candidate who has not filed such a certification. MN Statutes 211A.05, sub. 1.
  1. Campaign Financial Reports Due 30 days after the general election: Due Thursday, December 5, 2024.
  1. January 31, 2025 and each January 31 following the year when the initial report was filed, until a final report is filed.

Final Report: may only be filed when all debts have been settled and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of. (Check "Final Report" under Type of Report on the Campaign Financial Report Form.)


Please note: We are not qualified to answer questions regarding campaign finance. Please check your 2024 Campaign Manual. Additional information is available at the Secretary of State's Website (

You can also contact the Secretary of State via email at or via phone at 877-600-8683.


Where to file reports:

            City of Ely

            Attn: Clerk’s Office –Elections

            209 E Chapman St

            Ely, MN 55731


Petition in Lieu of Election Filing Fee: This petition may be filed in lieu of the $5.00 filing fee requirement. (MN Statutes 205A.06 sub. 4)


Please feel free to contact us at Casey, Harold or (218) 365-3224 ext 1 if you have any questions. We will assist you the best we can. Best of luck!