Want to Run for City Council? Filing period Begins Today

Starting today, prospective Corvallis City Council candidates can begin filing paperwork to run in November’s election. These are nonpartisan positions, and you have until late August to get everything filed, including signed petitions supporting your candidacy.  

All nine City Council seats will be up for election. Nomination packets outlining the process for becoming a candidate are available on the City website and in-person at City Hall, Corvallis Public Library, C3 Community Center, and Osborn Aquatic Center. 

This year’s election cycle features an extended filing period to allow more time for candidates to review paperwork, collect signatures, and submit their nomination petitions. These changes were made by the City Council earlier this year to reduce barriers and encourage more people to run for office. Corvallis elected officials can also take advantage of monetary stipends that were implemented in 2022 to help defray costs associated with serving in local elected office. 

Minimum requirements 

Councilors are elected to two-year terms to represent the ward in which they reside. A ward map is available on the City website to help prospective candidates identify their ward. To run for office, candidates must be a registered Corvallis voter, must have lived in Corvallis for at least one year prior to the election, and must reside in the ward they’re seeking to represent. 

Election information session upcoming  

An election information session is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, June 24 to share additional information about the election process, including forms, deadlines, and other key milestones. The session will be held in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis, broadcast online via Zoom, and recorded. 

More information about the upcoming November 5, 2024 general election is available online at www.corvallisoregon.gov/elections. 

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