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Candidate packets for 2014 Tempe City Council available starting today
Posted Date: 11/7/2013
Tempe, Arizona -- Tempe residents interested in running for City Council seats in
2014 can begin picking up candidate packets today at the City Clerk’s Office, 31 E. Fifth St. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding city holidays.

Each packet provides all the information necessary to run for one of three City Council seats, all with terms of office that begin in January 2015. The Primary Election is Aug. 26, 2014*, and the General Election is Nov. 4, 2014*.

Candidates for City Council must submit the valid signatures of between 1,129 and
2,257 registered Tempe voters. The first day to file completed candidate paperwork is April 28, 2014, at 8 a.m. The last day to file candidate paperwork is May 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. For filing,
candidate paperwork must be signed originals and filed in person in the City Clerk’s Office.

According to a city Charter amendment approved in 2012 by voters, if no more than two candidates file nomination petitions for each vacancy, the city does not have to hold a Primary Election. In that case, the General Election can instead be held on the date the Primary Election would have been held. The charter language is below.

For questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at or 480-350-8241. Detailed information about the 2014 elections is available at

*Tempe City Charter Sec. 7.01
(b) The primary election shall be held for the purpose of nominating or electing candidates for city elected office. In the event that no more than two candidates file nomination petitions for each vacancy in office, the primary election may be dispensed with.
(c) If no primary election is required due to the number of candidates filing nomination petitions for each vacancy in office, the regular city election shall be held at the time that the primary election would have otherwise been held.