Information for Candidates

Council Candidate Information

The deadline to run as a regular candidate for Mayor or Councilmember in the 2018 elections has passed. The following is provided for your information. There were 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 6, 2018, must file similar forms, other than the petitions. The deadline to run as a Write-In Candidate is September 27, 2018. 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 or $500 Threshold Exemption may be required to be filed.
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Candidate Qualifications

Article II, Section 5, of the Flagstaff City Charter requires the Mayor and Councilmembers to be qualified electors of the City. A Mayor or Council Member cannot hold any other public office except that of Notary Public or member of the National Guard or Naval or military reserves. If a Council Member or Mayor ceases to possess any of these qualifications, or is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, the office shall immediately become vacant.

Qualified Elector

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

Required Documents

We encourage those interested in running for office to meet with staff in the City Clerk's Office so they can review the Candidate Packet with you. A 2018 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.

Campaign Finance


IF you plan to receive or expend, in any combination, more than $1,100 during the election cycle, you must file a Statement of Organization. The election cycle is 01/01/17 - 12/31/18.
Be sure to maintain all records because if you go over the $1,100 limit during the election cycle, you must file a Statement of Organization with 10 days. Effective August 3, 2018, this amount is reduced to $500 so it is important to maintain these records.
Campaign Finance