Filing for Office

Procedure for Filing for Office
Eligibility to File
Each candidate for any elective City office shall meet the following qualifications:
  • Shall be a qualified and effectively registered voter of the City
  • Shall have resided within the corporate limits of the City, including the annexed territory, for the 12 consecutive months prior to the filing deadline
  • Shall meet the requirements of sponsorship required in Section 8.02B
  • Shall not file for more than one office or position number per election
  • Shall resign from the office and the position declared vacant if an incumbent and seeking another office or position number
  • Shall not continue as a City employee after becoming a candidate for an elective office.
Procedure and Scheduling for Filing
Any qualified voter of the City meeting the qualifications stated in Section 8.02 A may be nominated for an elective office by petition of the minimum number of qualified voters required by State law, who shall be designated his sponsors. No voter shall sign more than one sponsoring or nominating petition for a particular office or position number. If a voter does sign more than one, his signature shall be void except as to the first filed of the petitions signed by him. All signatures of a nominating petition shall be in ink and shall include the signer's address and the date of his signing. The signed petition shall be filed with the City Secretary not earlier than 90 days nor later than the normal posted close of business, 45 days before the election.

Certificate of Petition
Within five working days after the filing of a nominating petition, the City Secretary shall notify the candidate whether or not the petition satisfied the requirements prescribed in this Charter. If a petition is found insufficient, the City Secretary shall return it immediately to the candidate with a statement certifying wherein it is insufficient. Within the regular time for filing petitions, the candidate may file a new petition. The City Secretary shall keep on file all petitions found sufficient, at least until the expiration of the term of office for which the candidates were nominated.

Public Disclosure
Candidates shall file with the City Secretary 21 days prior to the day of election a financial disclosure statement pertaining to the candidate, the candidate's spouse and dependent minor children, consisting of the following:
  • List of all property owned or held in trust within the City limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. This list will include location, size, and current use.
  • List of all fees, salaries, or gifts of value exceeding $10 received from companies or individuals under contract with the City during the 12 months prior to filing for public office.
  • List of ownership of stocks in companies under contract to the City when such stock comprises more than 2% of the company’s total outstanding stock.
More Information
For more information, contact the City Secretary’s Office at (972) 899-5132.