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Policies & Signage 

Information on candidacy including formal requests, orientation, signage, and statement of equality.

Campaigning on City Property

  • “Petitions for or against issues, ordinances, resolutions, laws, statutes, or acts of any political subdivision, including petitions circulated to place initiatives and referendums or the name of any person on a ballot for election to any public office shall not be circulated within any City building.”
  • City personnel rules require all employees to remain free from political activity while on duty, while on City premises, or in an official uniform of the City. 
  • City employees should not be approached directly with questions, requests for information, or to sign Council petitions.

Requests for Information
  • All candidate requests for information are processed as citizen requests through the City Manager's Office via the City Clerk. Due to the prohibition against using public resources to influence the outcome of an election, candidates are required to pay the City’s standard copying charge.

Candidate Requests to Meet with City Staff

  • Requests to meet with City staff will be accepted after the candidate filing and shall be submitted to the City Clerk's Office in writing.
  • The City Clerk will contact the appropriate department head to arrange the meeting.
  • All candidates will be invited to attend and the meetings will be scheduled based on candidate availability. Because candidates are limited to one 2-hour meeting per division, it is important to include all key employees from the division when requesting the meeting.
  • Written reports are prepared for every meeting held with Council candidates and are filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

Candidate Orientation / Forum

  • A Council candidate orientation meeting will be held sometime in 2016.
  • Major policy documents will be provided at no cost to official candidates at the orientation.
  • City department and division heads will be on hand for presentations and to provide an opportunity for candidates to ask questions and learn more about City operations

Campaign Signs

Political signs that meet the size and height criteria for temporary signs are permitted. Where a primary election is followed by a general election, signs related to the general election may remain in place.
  • Anyone wanting to install a political sign is advised to obtain the property owner's permission prior to placing the sign.
  • Campaign signs must comply with the provisions found in ARS Title 16.
  • Candidates are responsible for reading and understanding these laws.
  • The Flagstaff City Council is currently in the process of revising the City’s sign code (City Code Division 10.50-100), which will likely impact where and the manner in which political campaign signs can be displayed in the City of Flagstaff. The revised sign code is scheduled to be adopted in early April 2016 and effective 30 days later. Please check this web page in April for updates.