Chapter 2.20
CANDIDATES

Sections:

2.20.010    Candidates qualifications.

2.20.020    Filing for office.

2.20.030    Declaration of candidacy.

2.20.040    Write-in candidates.

2.20.010 Candidates qualifications.

Any person qualified to vote in the particular municipal election may have his name placed on the ballot for election as a candidate for any municipal elective office. No person may serve simultaneously as mayor and borough assembly member.

(Ord. 08-14, Amended, 04/17/2008; Ord. 84-13 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

2.20.020 Filing for office.

Any qualified candidate may have his name placed on the ballot by filing with the clerk, not more than sixty-four (64) days nor less than fifty (50) days prior to the election, a sworn declaration of candidacy.

(Ord. 2002-07, Amended, 04/18/2002; Ord. 98-01, Amended, 02/05/1998; Ord. 84-13 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

2.20.030 Declaration of candidacy.

A.    The declaration of candidacy shall be in such form as the borough clerk shall prescribe, but shall be a sworn oath of the candidate containing the following types of information:

1.    The full name of the candidate;

2.    The full residence address of the candidate;

3.    The full mailing address of the candidate;

4.    A statement that the candidate meets each of the requirements for persons qualified to vote at this particular election;

5.    The identification of the office for which the candidate is running, together with the number of years in the term to be filled and the beginning and ending dates thereof; and

6.    The request that his name be printed on the official ballot for the municipal election to be held in the municipality on a date to be specified in the declaration.

B.    The candidate shall sign the declaration and subscribe to it under oath before a person authorized by state law to administer oaths.

(Ord. 08-14, Amended, 04/17/2008; Ord. 04-09 § 3 (part), 05/20/2004; Ord. 84-13 § 4 (part), Repealed & Replaced, 09/13/1984)

2.20.040 Write-in candidates.

A.    Any qualified person who fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy within the time allotted for filing for office and wishes to be a candidate in the municipal election, may file as a write-in candidate by submitting a Letter of Intent to the municipality. Votes for a write-in candidate may not be counted unless that candidate has filed a letter of intent with the borough clerk stating:

1.    The full name of the candidate;

2.    The full residence address of the candidate;

3.    The full mailing address of the candidate;

4.    The identification of the office for which the candidate is running, together with the number of years in the term to be filled and the beginning and ending dates thereof;

5.    The date of the election at which the candidate seeks election;

6.    The name of the candidate as the candidate wishes it to be written on the ballot by the voter;

7.    A statement that the candidate meets each of the requirements for persons qualified to vote at this particular election;

8.    That the candidate is not a candidate for any other office to be voted on at this election and that the candidate is not a candidate for this office under any other declaration of candidacy.

B.    The letter of intent shall be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the date of the election. Along with the letter of intent, the candidate must also file a Public Official’s Financial Disclosure Statement with the borough clerk.

C.    The votes will be counted for each individual write-in candidate if:

1.    a "Write-in Candidate’s Letter of Intent" is on file with the borough clerk and

2.    the total number of write-in votes in a race is the most votes; or

3.    the total number of write-in votes in a race is the second highest, and the difference between the write-in votes and the highest candidate votes is less than .5%.

(Ord. 08-14, Amended, 04/17/2008; Ord. 04-09 § 3 Added, 05/20/2004)