Running for Council
How do I become a candidate?
The Town Clerk is the designated election official for the Town and will work closely with you throughout the campaign and election process. An outline of the process is as follows:
- Candidates must be citizens of the United States
- Candidates must be registered electors of the Town
- Candidates are prohibited from being a paid employee of the Town at the time of election and throughout their term of office
- Candidates must have resided in the Town for 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election and throughout their term of office
- Councilmember candidates must also be a resident within their district boundaries at the time of nomination and throughout their term of office
Candidates are required to register their committee with the Town Clerk prior to accepting campaign contributions or making expenditures in support of their candidacy. Candidate committees may register at any time. A candidate shall have only one candidate committee.
Formation of a candidate committee requires a separate bank account to be established in the name of the committee prior to accepting contributions or having expenditures. Candidate committees are required by the Fair Campaign Practices Act to file periodic financial reports.
FCPA filing deadlines
FCPA required reports
Nomination petitions may be circulated beginning Aug. 7, 2018 to obtain signatures to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate. Deadline to file petitions with the Town Clerk is no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 27, 2018.
- Councilmember candidates are required to obtain signatures of at least twenty-five registered electors residing within the nominee's district
- Registered electors may only sign one Councilmember nomination petition for a candidate for the district in which the elector resides
- Mayoral candidates are required to obtain signatures of at least ten registered electors from each of the six election districts
- Registered electors may only sign one nomination petition for Mayor
- Registered electors may sign both a Councilmember petition and a Mayor petition
- Nomination petitions for Mayor and Councilmembers must be personally circulated by the candidate
The Town Clerk will verify the nomination petition contains the requisite number of valid signatures to be placed on the ballot as a candidate. If a candidate files a nomination petition that does not have the requisite number of valid signatures, the candidate may have an opportunity to circulate additional petitions to meet the signature requirements prior to the deadline.
Acceptance / affidavit of nominated candidate At the point the nomination petition is filed with the Town Clerk, the candidate shall also file the Acceptance/Affidavit of Nominated Candidate acknowledging:
- Candidate personally circulated the petition observing the elector signature process
- Electors signing the petition signed only for themselves
- Acceptance of nomination for candidacy
- Candidate meets all eligibility requirements
- Candidate agrees to comply with Fair Campaign Practice requirements
- How candidate's name shall appear on the election ballot
The affidavit must be notarized by a notary other than the Town of Castle Rock prior to filing with the Town Clerk.
Candidate name placement on ballot
The order that candidate names appear on the ballot is determined by lot. A drawing will be held by the Town Clerk after submitted nomination petitions have been verified to have the requisite number of valid signatures.