Nomination packets are now available for citizens wishing to run for the offices of Mayor or City Commissioner. Packets may be picked up in the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office located on the first floor of City Hall during normal business hours.
To run for Mayor or City Commissioner, each candidate must submit a nominating petition containing at least 50 signatures (but no more than 75) and a completed Affidavit of Identity. According to the Kalamazoo City Charter, a person seeking the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be a resident of, and qualified elector in, the City of Kalamazoo at the time of filing for election or appointment to that office.
Important dates for potential candidates are as follows:
- May 25, 2019 - Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions
- July 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. – Deadline for nomination petitions and affidavits of identity to be filed with the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
- July 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. – Last day for eligible candidates to withdraw their candidacy
On November 5, 2019, Kalamazoo voters will elect three Commissioners for four-year terms, and the Mayor for a two-year term. The City Commission candidate receiving the most votes will serve as Vice Mayor for two years until a new one is selected in the next Municipal Election. The previous Vice Mayor will then serve the remaining two years of their term as a City Commissioner.
The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office provides this and other valuable information on it’s website at www.kalamazoocity.org/elections. If you have any questions, please visit the website or contact our office at (269) 337-8793.