2013 City Election Information for Candidates

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The next city election will be held on November 5, 2013 to elect a Mayor and all six Councilmembers.The Mayor and all Councilmembers are elected for two-year terms in November of odd-numbered years or until their successors have been elected and duly sworn. Newly elected Councilmembers and the Mayor take office on the second Monday following their election.

If you are interested in running for the office of Mayor or Councilmember in the November 5 election, you must receive a nomination and a second at  the Nominating Caucus on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. 

Contact the City Clerk at JessieC@takomagov.org or at 301-891-7267 for additional information about running for office.

 

Qualifications for Election

Candidates for the office of Mayor must have resided in the city for at least six months immediately preceding his/her election, must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election, and must be a qualified voter of the city. The Mayor must maintain principal residence in the city during his/her term of office. If the Mayor changes his/her principal residence from the city, the Mayor’s term shall be immediately terminated and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 308 of the City Charter. The Mayor is prohibited from holding other publicly elected offices during his/her term of office, and is prohibited from serving on any city board, commission, or other body that has authority to adjudicate or otherwise resolve disputes.

Candidates for the office of Councilmember shall have resided in the city (and ward from which they are elected) for at least six months immediately preceding their election, must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the election, and shall be qualified voters of the city. The Councilmembers shall maintain their principal residence in the city and in their ward during their term of office. If a Councilmember changes his/her principal residence from the city or from the ward from which the Councilmember was elected, the Councilmember’s term shall be immediately terminated and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 308 of the City Charter. The Councilmembers are prohibited from holding other publicly elected offices during their term of office, and are prohibited from serving on any city board, commission, or other body that has authority to adjudicate or otherwise resolve disputes.

 

Write-In Candidates for the Election

Any write-in candidate for Mayor or Councilmember who wishes to be pre-registered as a write-in candidate and to have her/his name posted in the voting booth for the purpose of identifying her/him as a candidate for office, must file her/his name with the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election.

Any person nominated or presenting herself/himself as a write-in candidate must meet the qualifications of the office for which s/he is nominated. A person whose name appears on the ballot may not register as a write-in candidate, and a person may only register as a write-in candidate for one office in any election.

 

Candidates' Access to Muti-unit Buildings

After providing notice to landlords and tenants, qualified candidates and their volunteers are permitted to enter apartment buildings for the purpose of campaigning for office or to register voters. This may occur during the 90-day period before an election and only for candidates who are running to represent an area that includes the multi-unit building. Of course, tenants are not required to open their doors to candidates. The City provides, free of charge, a sign that a tenant may place on the apartment unit door to indicate that canvassing is not welcome.
 
 

Candidate Information Package - November 5, 2013 City  Election

 

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