Candidate Filing Dates

Next Election


  • Election Date: November 7, 2017
  • Positions Up for Election: Mayor's Seat and City Council Seats 4, 5, and 6

City Candidate Filing Dates


  • Opens: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Closes: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Reporting Deadlines


  • October 10, 2017 — October 10 Pre-General
  • October 31, 2017 — 7-Day Pre-General
  • December 7, 2017 — 30-Day Post-General
  • January 31, 2018 — Annual (2017)

Candidates for mayor and council get their name on the ballot by filing a Declaration of Candidacy indicating the office for which they are running, the term of the office, and confirming that they are qualified to hold the office, meaning they are:

  • At least 18 years of age,
  • A U.S. citizen,
  • The candidate’s primary residence must be within the city,
  • The address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and
  • The candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.
The Declaration of Candidacy must be accompanied by one of the following:

  1. A Petition of Candidacy signed by at least five qualified city electors with an attached certification from the county clerk verifying the number of valid signatures, OR
  2. A nonrefundable filing fee of $40.
City Candidate forms for filing are available in the Mayor's office at 911 North 7th Avenue Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Ruth Whitworth, City Clerk, at 234-6215.