Filing Petitions for Elected Officials

Running for Office

A non-partisan general City election is held on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday of November in every year.  A primary election, if needed, shall be held on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday in August.  Both the Mayor and Council Members are elected to two-year terms.

Registered electors seeking the office of Mayor must file nominating petitions bearing the bona fide signatures of no fewer than 25 nor more than 40 registered voters residing in the City at large.  Electors seeking the office of Council Member will do the same, but voters must reside within their respective Ward.  Such petitions shall be filed with the City Clerk’s office. 

Anyone interested in running for Council or Mayor, forms and petitions are due on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 by 4pm. Please see City Clerk for more details. 

Ward Map 

If, for any office, there should be more than two nominations, a primary election will be held.  The names of the two candidates receiving the most votes at the primary shall be placed on the ballot for that office in the general election.

Write-in  candidates must file the Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election.  Please contact the Clerk for additional information and deadlines.  

Contact the Clerk for a candidate package if you are interested in running for office. 

February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary Election

Polls will be open on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 7AM-8PM for the Presidential Primary Election. Voters also have the option to early voting. Early voting begins on Saturday, February 17, 2024 through Sunday, February 25, 2024 which is occurring at Charlevoix County Building located at 301 State State. Early voting polls will be open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM daily. For more information please contact the City Clerk.