City Election Information for Candidates
The next city election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, to elect a mayor and all six councilmembers.
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the City Election will be conduced mostly by mail to protect voters and election workers. Several City Charter and Election Code changes are needed to accommodate this change. Watch for updated information.
Newly elected councilmembers and the mayor take office on the second Monday following their election.
Residents interested in running for the office of mayor or councilmember in the November 3rd election must be nominated at the Nominating Caucus. on Tuesday, September 15. The meeting will take place remotely/virtually on Zoom.
To have a name placed on the ballot, an eligible candidate must receive a nomination from a registered voter of their ward and at least a second to that nomination. For the office of mayor, the candidate may be nominated by any registered voter of the city, with a second from a registered voter of the city.
Contact the City Clerk at JessieC@takomaparkmd.gov 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 their 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 a principal residence in the city during their term of office. If the mayor changes principal residence to live outside of Takoma Park, 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 the term of office and is prohibited from serving on any city board, commission, or other body that has the authority to adjudicate or otherwise resolve disputes.
Candidates for the office of councilmember must 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 must be qualified voters of the city. Councilmembers must maintain their principal residence in the city and in their ward during their term of office. If a councilmember changes principal residence 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. 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 the authority to adjudicate or otherwise resolve disputes.
Write-In Candidates for 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 and must file the required candidate forms. 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 Multi-unit Buildings
After providing notice to landlords and tenants, qualified candidates and their volunteers are permitted to enter apartment buildings to campaign for office or register voters. Access is limited to buildings in a candidate's ward if running for City Council. A candidate for Mayor may access buildings in any ward.
Candidates in the City Election become eligible for access after they are nominated at the Nominating Caucus.
Tenants are not required to open their doors to candidates. Tenants in a building may place a notice on their door to indicate that canvassing is not welcome.
Candidate Information Package
- Complete Election Calendar (with important filing dates for candidates)
Before accepting campaign contributions or making campaign expenditures, a candidate must file a Campaign Finance Registration Form.
Information regarding Signage in the City of Takoma Park Right-of-Way.
Forms for Candidates
- Campaign Finance Registration Form
- Campaign Finance Report Forms (Updated on 8/6)
- Candidate Profile Form
- Financial Disclosure Statement and Conflict of Interest Form (16 pages)
- Instructions for Candidate Statement and Photo for City Newsletter
- Challenger and Watcher Certification
- Application to Receive List of Registered Voters
Links to Other Information:
- Ward Map (to print 8 1/2 x 11)
- Ward Map (to print 11 x 17)
- Street Directory (street address ranges with the corresponding ward)
- Interactive Ward Map
- The City Charter and Code are important resources for candidates. See particularly:
- Results of Past Elections
- Takoma Park has a Council-Manager form of government. (Link to information about how a Council-Manager form of government operates)
Salary and Benefits of the Mayor and City Councilmembers
The Mayor receives an annual salary of $14,128.34.
Each member of the City Council receives an annual salary of $10,867.93.
Elected officials are eligible to participate in the City’s health insurance program on a cost-sharing basis, with the City paying 50% of the lowest cost base premium rate for individual coverage.
Other benefits include:
- use of a City of Takoma Park smartphone for City email and phone calls during the term in office ;
- opportunity to attend conferences beneficial to the City through organizations such as the National League of Cities and the Maryland Municipal League (MML); and
- reimbursement of certain other expenses, such as for travel to meetings at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the MML Montgomery County Chapter.