Run for Council

Interested in serving on City Council? We welcome your interest and want to make the process smooth for you. Please review the important information below, check out our Frequently Asked Questions, and contact us if you need help.

In anticipation of the April 7, 2015 election, the City Clerk's office will have candidate information packets available to be picked up starting October 22, 2014. 

NOTE:  Packets may be downloaded; however, petition forms must be picked up in person in the City Clerk's office, at which time the candidate will declare the seat for which they are running.  Petitions must be turned in to the Office of the City Clerk between December 2, 2014 and January 20, 2015.  
 
Petitions may not be turned in earlier than December 2, 2014 at 8:00 am and no later than January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Seats Available as of April 7, 2015

Mayor
Zone 2 Councilmember
Zone 3 Councilmember
General Councilmember C
General Councilmember D

 Qualifications

To run for City Council, you must:
  • Be a qualified and registered voter of the city
  • Be a resident of the city for at least two years immediately prior to election
  • If filing for one of the zone seats, must be a resident of your respective zone for at least one year immediately prior to election
  • Not be a candidate or nominee for any other paid public office (exceptions: National Guard, Naval or Military Reserve, or Notary Public)
  • Not be employed by the City of Springfield or any of its departments (except for Public Safety), boards, or agencies during or for 1 year after serving on the Council.  Public Safety employees should contact the City Attorney's Office for clarification of their ability to run.
Petition Criteria

Valid petitions must meet the following criteria:
  • Zone - 100 registered voters, who reside in the particular zone
  • General - 200 registered voters, who reside within the city limits
Related Links
For Additional Information Pertaining to Voter Registration and County Elections
 Please contact the County Clerk at 417-868-4055.