Are you thinking about running for an Elected position this November? Below is some information to help you determine what positions you would qualify for. A good document to introduce you to the procedure of being an elected official is "So you want to run for local office" produced by the League of Oregon Cities. This short document gives a brief overview of what to expect as an elected official.
For all election information pertaining to Phoenix City Government, contact the City Recorders Office at 541-535-1955 Ext 302.
For all election information pertaining to Jackson County, contact Jackson County Elections at 541-776-7181.
Candidate Packets will be available at the next City Election for November 2022.
City Elections Procedures
The elected Mayor position serves a two-year term. Elected City Council members serve four-year terms, and the election for these positions are held in November of every other year. The next election for City Officials will be November 8, 2022. The positions up for election will be 3 Council positions and Mayor.
All forms and instructions on filing for a City Office are available through the City Recorder's Office in City Hall at 112 W 2nd Street or by calling Bonnie Pickett at 541-535-1955 Ext. 302. Interested applicants may also print out the forms below, fill them out, and bring them to City Hall.
Open positions for the November 2022 election are three four year Councilor positions ending 12/31/22 and the position of Mayor, ending 12/31/2022. Candidates must gather at least 28 signatures of registered voters. However, it is highly suggested to collect at least 35 signatures in case any of the signatures you gathered are invalid. Suggested deadlines for petitions to be filed with the City Recorder by 3:00 PM, August 22, 2022. The election will be held on November 8, 2022. Successful candidates will take office at the first Council meeting of January 2023, after taking the Oath of Office.
PLEASE NOTE: NO political activity can be conducted without filing the proper paperwork with the City Recorder first.
2022 City of Phoenix City Elections Time Frame
June 01, 2022, - Candidate packets released
June 01, 2022, - The first day to file for candidate vacancies - DO NOT GATHER SIGNATURES until approval letter has been received from the City Recorder.
August 22, 2022, - Suggested deadline for submitting signatures (SEL 338) to City Recorder. After this date, the County may not be able to complete signature verification by August TBD, 2020.
September 02, 2022, 3:00 pm - Last day to withdraw candidacy.
September 09, 2022, - Elections signs can go up. Please read the candidate packet for details on approved signage.
September 01, 2022 - Last day to file a candidate statement for inclusion in the County Voter's Pamphlet, with the County. Include a $50.00 fee to County Elections Office.
November 08, 2022 - Election Day.
November 12, 2022 - All elections signs must be removed.
December 07, 2022 - Council adoption of election results.
At the time of election to City office, a candidate must be a qualified elector as defined in Section 2, Article II of the Oregon Constitution and shall have been a resident within the city limits of the City of Phoenix for the twelve-month period immediately preceding the November 08, 2022, election.
The 2022 City election is regulated by State election law and the City of Phoenix city charter and ordinances. Candidates are required to comply with the election requirements of these regulations. Election forms and petitions must be completed properly and submitted within the designated filing period. The City will reject filings that are incomplete or improperly submitted. Deficient election forms or petitions may be corrected and resubmitted within the designated period.