Chapter 18.15
CANDIDATES

Sections:

18.15.010    Candidate qualifications.

18.15.020    Nominations of candidates.

18.15.023    Write-in candidates.

18.15.025    Repealed.

18.15.026    Nominations of candidates – Procedures.

18.15.030    Corrections, amendments and withdrawal of nominating petitions.

18.15.033    Eligibility of candidate.

18.15.036    Restrictions on number of nominating petitions.

18.15.010 Candidate qualifications.

Any person is eligible for city office if the person is a qualified voter of the city and meets state and city requirements for the office.

A. Candidates for the office of mayor or council member shall reside in the city or in territory annexed to the city and meet the requirements of PMC 2.04.031 or 2.05.020.

B. Candidates shall provide sufficient proof as required by the clerk that they are eligible, or shall be eligible by the date of the election, to be recognized as a candidate for any election. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 11-002 § 3, 2011; Ord. 05-021 § 3, 2005; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.15.020 Nominations of candidates.

A. Nominations by Petition. Nominations for elective office shall be made by petition of 20 or more registered voters qualified to vote in city elections. Each sponsor signing a petition shall state on the petition the sponsor’s place of residence, by street and number or lot and block, or other manner which clearly identifies the place of residence.

B. Requirements for Petition. The nominating petition shall state in substance:

1. The full legal name of the candidate, and, if different, the manner in which the candidate wishes his or her first name to appear on the ballot;

2. The full residence and mailing address of the candidate;

3. The day and evening telephone numbers and other contact information of the candidate;

4. The office (including term of office) for which the candidate is nominated;

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

6. A statement that the sponsors are qualified voters of the city;

7. A statement that the sponsors request that the candidate’s name be placed on the ballot.

C. Requirements for Candidate Information and Statement. The statement shall state in substance:

1. The full legal name of the candidate, and, if different, the manner in which the candidate wishes his or her first name to appear on the ballot;

2. A certification by the candidate which shall include statements:

a. That the candidate is a qualified city voter;

b. That by the date of the election, the candidate will have resided in the city or in territory annexed to the city for the period required to qualify for office;

c. That the candidate meets or shall meet, as required by law, the specific requirements of the office the candidate is seeking;

d. That the candidate accepts the nomination and a statement that the candidate shall serve if elected;

e. That if the candidate chooses to withdraw, the withdrawal must be submitted to the city clerk in writing and signed by the candidate by 4:00 p.m. on the seventh day following the closing date of the filing period;

f. That the information in the nominating petition is true and accurate; and

g. The date and notarized signature of the candidate. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 11-002 § 4, 2011; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004; Ord. 592 § 8, 2002; Ord. 556 § 3, 2000; Ord. 546 § 7A, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.15.023 Write-in candidates.

A. Votes for a write-in candidate will not be counted unless that candidate has filed a nominating petition with the clerk in accordance with PMC 18.15.020.

B. A nominating petition filed under this section must be filed with the clerk not earlier than the day immediately following the last day of the filing period and not later than 5:00 p.m. five days prior to the election. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 07-011 § 3, 2007)

18.15.025 Nominations – Notice of offices to be filled.

Repealed by Ord. 620. (Ord. 592 § 9, 2002; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.15.026 Nominations of candidates – Procedures.

A. Packets containing nominating petitions shall be available from the clerk’s office on the day the filing period opens and the packets shall remain available throughout the filing period.

1. Nominating petitions shall be completed and filed with the clerk no earlier than 8:00 a.m., 78 calendar days before a regular election, and no later than 4:00 p.m., 67 calendar days before a regular election.

2. Nominating petitions shall be completed and filed with the clerk no earlier than 8:00 a.m., 64 calendar days before a special election, and no later than 4:00 p.m., 53 calendar days before a special election.

3. Nominating petitions shall be submitted in original form and shall not be submitted by electronic means.

4. All nominating petitions in proper form which are not withdrawn by the candidate shall be preserved by the clerk and eventually destroyed as provided by the records schedule adopted by the city.

B. Persons seeking elective office shall request a nominating petition from the clerk for the specific seat which they are seeking.

1. Requests for a nominating petition shall be made by the candidate either:

a. In person; or

b. By electronic means; or

c. By mail.

2. If the person chooses to run for a different seat, a nominating petition for that seat shall be filed with the clerk’s office.

3. A nominating petition for a particular seat may not be substituted for another office or seat.

C. Within four business days after filing a nominating petition the clerk shall notify the candidate named in the nominating petition as to whether it is in proper form. If not, the clerk shall immediately return the nominating petition to the candidate, with a statement certifying how the nominating petition is deficient. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 11-002 § 5, 2011; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004)

18.15.030 Corrections, amendments and withdrawal of nominating petitions.

A. A candidate may correct or amend his or her nomination petition at any time during the period of filing a nominating petition by appropriate written notice, signed by the candidate, to the clerk. After the filing period has closed, no nominating petition may be corrected or amended.

B. If a candidate desires to file for a different office or seat, the candidate shall request a new form from the clerk and comply with PMC 18.15.020.

C. Withdrawal. A candidate may withdraw his or her nominating petition by submitting his or her request in writing, signed, and submitted to the clerk not later than 4:00 p.m. on the seventh calendar day following the close of the filing period. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 11-002 § 6, 2011; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004; Ord. 546 § 8, 1999; Ord. 515 § 3, 1997)

18.15.033 Eligibility of candidate.

A. The clerk shall determine whether each candidate for city office is qualified as provided by law. At any time before the election the clerk may disqualify any candidate whom the clerk finds is not qualified.

B. Any person, including the clerk, may question the eligibility of a candidate who has filed a nominating petition with the clerk by filing a complaint with the clerk.

C. A complaint must be received by the clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third city business day after the filing closes.

D. The complaint must be in writing and include the name, mailing address, contact phone number, signature of the person making the complaint, and a statement in 200 words or less of the grounds, described in particular, on which the candidate’s eligibility is being questioned.

E. The clerk will review only those issues in the complaint related to candidate qualifications.

F. Upon receipt of a complaint, or if the clerk questions the eligibility of the candidate, the clerk shall notify the candidate whose eligibility is being questioned that a complaint has been received. The notification will include a copy of the complaint.

G. The clerk will review any evidence relevant to the candidate’s qualifications, including the candidate’s registration, nominating petition, and any other document of public record or as required by PMC 18.15.010. Based on the review of the public documents, the clerk will determine whether a preponderance of evidence supports or does not support the eligibility of the candidate.

H. If the clerk determines the preponderance of evidence supports the eligibility of the candidate, the clerk will issue a final determination supporting the candidate’s eligibility.

I. If the clerk determines the preponderance of evidence does not support the candidate’s eligibility, notice to the candidate will identify any additional information or evidence that must be provided by the candidate. The clerk must receive the requested information no later than three calendar days from the date of notice. The clerk will consider any additional information provided and issue a final determination as to the candidate’s eligibility no later than three calendar days from receipt of the additional information.

J. If the information requested by the clerk in subsection (I) of this section is not received by the specified deadline, the clerk will issue a final determination regarding the candidate’s eligibility based on the information initially reviewed.

K. The clerk will send notice of final determination in writing to the person making the complaint, if applicable, and to the candidate. The determination of the clerk is final. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004; Ord. 592 § 10, 2002; Ord. 556 §§ 4, 5, 6, 2000; Ord. 546 § 9, 1999. Formerly 18.15.035.)

18.15.036 Restrictions on number of nominating petitions.

A qualified person may file a nominating petition for only one elective office at any given election. (Ord. 12-009 § 7, 2012; Ord. 620 § 6, 2004)