Candidate Filing Information

Notice of Filing  Additional Guidelines for Filing


To qualify for elective office a candidate must:

  • Be qualified to vote
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date he or she would assume office
  • Be a resident of the city and of any ward he or she seeks to represent, or will become a resident therein at least thirty (30) days before the election
  • Have no other affidavit on file for any other elected office
  • Pay a $5.00 filing fee
  • File an Affidavit of Candidacy form in the office of the City Clerk
  • Complete and file the public disclosure statement prescribed by the city’s ethics ordinance
  • Complete and file Campaign Finance Reports

If elected, candidates must further qualify for office by taking and filing an oath of office.

Filing location

City Clerk’s Office
Northfield City Hall
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Filing period

The 2020 candidate filing period opens on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 and closes on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented and evolving challenges not only to our State, but to our City operations.  To meet the current requirements in the Governor’s Executive Orders and to provide for the safety and welfare of our staff and for candidates, the following changes are being made to the filing process: 

  • Appointments are required if you would like to file in-person.  This may include filing “curbside” depending on the status of access to the facility.  Please contact City Clerk Deb Little via email or via phone at 507-645-3001, to schedule an appointment.  Candidates will be asked to: Stay home if they are ill (file using an alternate method); Wear a mask while in the building; Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. 
  • Alternative methods of filing may be needed.  These include: Placing filing documents in the drop box at the Washington Street entrance at City Hall.  Envelope must be clearly marked Attn: Deb Little and note filing documents enclosed; or Mail filing documents to Deb Little, City of Northfield, 801 Washington Str., Northfield, MN 55057.  If you are using alternative methods of filing, please complete and return the documents noted below with your $5 filing fee.  Note that additional information documents will be sent after filing is received.

    Complete & return: Affidavit of Candidacy; City of Northfield Public Disclosure Form  Note: Both documents must be notarized.  

    Informational Documents: Candidate Letter; Withdrawal Form; Code of Ethics; Name pronunciation form; Address of Residence Form

Please note that no matter which filing method is used, documents must be notarized, filing fee, and documents received no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.    Documents submitted after this time will not be accepted. 

2020 Candidate Filings

2020 candidate filings

2020 Candidates and Campaign Finance Information

Name Candidate Affidavit Campaign Finance Report 
Brad Ness, At Large Ness Affidavit  
David DeLong, Ward 2 Delong Affidavit   
Rhonda Pownell, Mayor Pownell Affidavit   
Ricky A. Livingston, At Large Livingston Affidavit   
Jon Denison, Mayor Denison Affidavit   
George Zuccolotto, Ward 3 Zuccolotto Affidavit   
Donald Stager, Ward 3 Stager Affidavit   
Jami Reister, Ward 2 Reister Affidavit   
David Ludescher, Mayor Ludescher Affidavit   

2018 candidates and campaign finance information

Name Candidate Affidavit Campaign Finance Report
Greg Colby, At Large Colby Affidavit 10.27.2018; Final
Jon Denison, Ward 4 Denison Affidavit  
Clarice Grabau, At Large Grabau Affidavit 05.23.2018; 10.25.2018; Final
Suzie Nakasian, Ward 1 Nakasian Affidavit Final
Jessica Peterson White, Ward 4 Peterson White Affidavit Final
Cannon River Civic Center Adv. Comm.   09.04.2018; 10.25.2018; Final

2017 City Council candidates campaign finance information

Name Candidate Affidavit Campaign Finance Report
Greg Colby Colby Affidavit 10/26/2017; Final; Cert. of Filing
Jon Denison Denison Affidavit Cert. of Filing
Don McGee McGee Affidavit Cert. of Filing

2016 mayoral and City Council candidates campaign finance information

Name Position Candidate Affidavit
Campaign Finance Report
Dana S. Graham Mayor Graham Affidavit 10.18.2016; 10.31.2016; 11.09.2016; 11.28.2016
Rhonda Pownell Mayor Pownell Affidavit 08.02.2016; 10.28.2016; 12.8.2016 Cert; 12.8.2016; 01.31.2017; 01.31.2018; 01.31.2019
Greg Colby At-large Colby Affidavit 10.24.2016; 10.28.2016; 11.23.1016; 11.28.2016
Brad Ness At-large Ness Affidavit 12.13.2016 Cert
David DeLong Ward 2
DeLong Affidavit  10.24.2016; Final Report
Jack Hoschouer Ward 2 Hoschouer Affidavit 07.29.2016; 11.23.2016; 11.23.2016 Cert
Norman Butler Ward 3 Butler Affidavit Final Report
Erica Zweifel Ward 3
Zweifel Affidavit Final Report