Running For Office

The City Clerk's Office prepares a candidate packet of materials to assist individuals who may be interested in running for City Council. Candidate Packets are available in the City Clerk's Office. If you would like to schedule a time to pick up and review a packet please contact the City Clerk's Office at 928-213-2076.

Required Documents

A 2020 Candidate Information Flier (PDF) provides specifics on what is required to be filed, and when, and includes links to additional election information. The Flagstaff Election Handbook (PDF) provides helpful information for candidates regarding election requirements and process.

Council Candidate Information

Candidate must file a Statement of Interest with the City Clerk before obtaining the first petition signature on a candidate petition.

The deadline to run as a regular candidate for Mayor or Councilmember in the 2020 election is April 6, 2020.

If there are no more than two candidates for each open seat, there will be no Primary Election held.

Campaign Finance

If you plan to receive or expend, in any combination, more than $500 during the election cycle, you must file a Statement of Organization. The election cycle is 01/01/19 - 12/31/20.

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.

Campaign Finance

Write-ln Candidate Information

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 the following deadlines:

  • The deadline for the Primary Election is June 25, 2020.
  • The deadline for the General Election is September 24, 2020.

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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 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.

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