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2012 Election

Qualifications for Candidacy for City Offices - City of Ashland
November 6, 2012- General Election


  • Registered to vote in the State of Oregon
  • Resides within the City of Ashland limits


How to File - First day to file - June 4, 2012


The following manuals will guide you through the nomination by petition process to run for Ashland City Offices:

2012 Candidates Manual
2012 Campaign Finance Manual

These publications are available on the Secretary of State's web site at

Step 1: File Your Prospective Petition

Complete the three forms listed below and file them with the City Recorder (PLEASE NOTE: City Recorder's Office is closed on Fridays).
For your convenience please call to set-up an appointment for this process.

o SEL 101 Filing of Candidacy for Nonpartisan Nomination
o SEL 121 Petition for Nonpartisan Nomination
o City of Ashland - Voluntary Contribution and Spending Limits for Candidates

The candidate should sign the first line on the first sheet of the prospective petition. All signature sheets must be approved by the City Recorder, in writing, before circulating any petitions. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of those signature sheets.

Step 2: File Your Completed Petition

Circulate the approved petition (SEL 121) for signatures. City of Ashland candidates must collect 25 valid signatures to place a candidate on the ballot. It is recommended that you collect at least 30 signatures before submitting signatures to the City Recorder for verification (Ashland Municipal Code 2.40)

Deadline for submitting petitions - 4 p.m. on August 23, 2012

Step 3: Follow Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

Register Your Campaign Committee

Prospective candidates file with the Elections Division for the Oregon Secretary of State a Candidate's Statement of Organization (SEL 220) and Campaign Account Information (SEL 223). These forms are not required if the candidate is acting as his or her own treasurer and expects to spend less than $750 during a calendar year. This filing must take place within three business days of receiving the first contribution or making an initial expenditure. These filings can be done electronically and additional instructions can be accessed at: At this website you can login and register, by clicking on the OreStar icon, leading you to instructions that will guide you through the registration procedures. For additional information, contact the Elections Division at 1-503-986-1518.

Please review the Campaign Finance Manual for instructions and a schedule of filing deadlines. Campaign Finance forms are filed with the Secretary of State's Election Division. All candidates are required to have a dedicated campaign bank account if they receive contributions or make expenditures over $750 during a calendar year.

If you do not expect to receive a total of more than $3,000 or spend a total of more than $3,000 for an entire election, you may file a Certificate of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (PC 7). If at any time during the election, the total expenditures or contributions exceed $3,000, you must file detailed contribution and expenditure reports.



Sign Regulations

AMC 18.96.030 Exempted Signs
E. Temporary signs not exceeding four square feet, provided the signs are erected no more than 45 days prior to (NST September 18th) and removed within seven days following an election (November 9th).


Voter's Pamphlet

Candidates can file a statement in the Voters' Pamphlet with Jackson County Elections Division. Contact information: 541-774-6148

Filing deadline for the Voter's Pamphlet is September 10, 2012

Cost for filing is $100

Forms most likely needed are:

Forms can be obtained only at the Jackson County Election's Office


Election Offices

City of Ashland
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
20 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 488-5307

Jackson County Elections
Chris Walker, County Clerk
1101 West Main Street Ste 201
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 774-6148


State of Oregon Elections Division
141 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310
(503) 986-1518



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