Updated: 10/29/2013 10:29 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 3:12 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
The outgoing mayor of Minneapolis says the bar should be raised when it comes to filing to run for mayor.
Mayor R.T. Rybak wrote in his blog, “Right now, to get on the ballot to run for mayor of Minneapolis, all you need is $20, a filing fee has remained unchanged for the last 46 years. While that fee may have made sense in 1967, today the bar is simply too low for anyone to get their name on the ballot.”
Mayor Rybak went on to write, the low fee leaves voters faced with too many candidates to choose from, “including far too many candidates who have not made any effort to engage seriously with voters. It’s no wonder people are confused.”
He says he supports a higher filing fee, but one that would be waived for a candidate who can garner a certain number of signatures from voters and demonstrate real grassroots support.
An effort to raise the fee fell short earlier this year. Mayor Rybak is hoping the proposal moves forward in 2017.
In St. Paul, it's either $500 or 500 signatures on a petition to file to run for mayor.