Information for Candidates
Candidate Packets will be available the end of August, 2019. We encourage those interested in running for office to meet with staff in the City Clerk's Office to review the Candidate Packet with you.
A 2020 Candidate Information Flier is included in that packet and provides specifics on what is required to be filed, and when, and includes a link to the Flagstaff Election Handbook. Paper copies of the Manual will be made available upon request
Council Candidate Information
The deadline to run as a regular candidate for Mayor or Councilmember in the 2020 election is April 6, 2020. The following is provided for your information. If there are no more than two candidates for each open seat, so there will be no Primary Election held. Individuals interested in running as a Write-In candidate for the General Election on November 3, 2020, must file similar forms, other than the petitions. The deadline to run as a Write-In Candidate for the Primary Election is June 25, 2020. The deadline to run as a Write-In Candidate for the General Election is September 24, 2020. To run as a Write-In Candidate the individual must file a Nomination Paper for Write-In Candidate and the Local Officers Financial Disclosure Statement by this deadline. Additionally, a Statement of Organization may be required to be filed.
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Article II, Section 5, of the Flagstaff City Charter requires the Mayor and Councilmembers to be qualified electors of the City. A Mayor or Councilmember cannot hold any other public office except that of Notary Public or member of the National Guard or Naval or military reserves. If a Councilmember or Mayor ceases to possess any of these qualifications, or is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, the office shall immediately become vacant.
A qualified elector must meet the requirements of the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona for state and county electors including:
- A qualified elector of the City is defined as a person whose name appears on the Coconino County voter registration rolls in a precinct of the City of Flagstaff for the last preceding general election
- Or who has subsequently registered in a Flagstaff precinct, and is otherwise qualified
- Candidates must be residents of the City of Flagstaff for at least one year preceding the election
Be sure to maintain all records because if you go over the $500 limit during the election cycle, you must file a Statement of Organization with 10 days.