City Elections & Candidate Financial Reports

Municipal (City) Elections

Golden Valley holds municipal elections in odd-numbered years and does not hold municipal primary elections. The City’s five elected officials include a Mayor (four-year term) and four Council Members (four-year terms are staggered so only two members are elected at each municipal election). Council Members serve at large and represent the entire city. All offices are nonpartisan.

+ Running For City Office

Persons interested in running for City Council for the 2019 municipal election are able to file for office with the City Clerk in the upper level of City Hall starting July 30, 2019 (office hours: 8 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday). Filing closes Aug 13, 2019, at 5 pm. Candidates who file for office have until Aug 15 at 5 pm to withdraw from the election.

Offices up for election in 2019 are:

  • mayor for a term of four years commencing Jan 1, 2020 and expiring Dec 31, 2023
  • two council members for a term of four years commencing Jan 1, 2020 and expiring Dec 31, 2023


To register for public office in the City of Golden Valley, candidates must:

  • live in Golden Valley and be a qualified voter therein
  • be 21 years of age or older upon assuming office
  • have established residency in the City at least 30 days before election day
  • not have filed for any other office in the current election
  • pay a $5 filing fee or present a petition with the signatures of eligible voters in lieu of the filing fee (Minnesota Statute 204B.07-204B.11)
  • file a personal financial disclosure with the Golden Valley Elections and Voter Registration Office within 14 calendar days of filing their candidacy (candidates receive a packet on campaign reporting requirements and financial disclosure reporting requirements when they file for office)
  • provide information requested by the City that will be made available to the public.

More Information

Candidate Financial Reports

Minnesota Statue 211A.02, Subd. 6 now requires the City to make all campaign finance reports that are required to be filed available on the City's website. Reports will be posted no later than 30 days after they are received. Candidates must file financial reports when they have collected more than $750 in contributions or expended more than $750 in a calendar year. To view candidates' reports, follow the links below (names in alphabetical order by candidate).

The City Clerk is not responsible for interpreting or enforcing campaign finance or practice laws. Complaints regarding campaign finance or practice violations governed by Minnesota Statues 211A or 211B are heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings. Additional information is available at

Clausen, Joanie

Download Clausen's financial reports:

Fonnest, Larry

Download Fonnest's financial reports:

Harris, Maurice

Download Harris's financial reports:

Harris, Shep

Download Harris's financial reports:

Johnson, Andy

Download Jonson's financial reports:

Rosenquist, Gillian

Download Rosenquist's financial reports:

Sanberg, Kimberly

Schmidgall, Steve

Download Schmidgall's financial reports: