Qualifications for Candidacy for City Offices
The following manuals will guide you through the nomination by petition process to run for Ashland City Offices:
How to File
Step 1: File Your Prospective Petition
Complete the three forms listed below and file them with the City Recorder. For your convenience please call to set-up an appointment for this process.
SEL 101 Filing for Candidacy for Nonpartisan Nomination
SEL 121 Petition for Nonpartisan Nomination
City of Ashland - Voluntary Contribution and Spending Limits for Candidate
All Prospective Petitions 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.
It is recommended that the candidate sign the first line on the first sheet of the Candidate Signature Form. This will allow the Elections Officer to verify residency and voter requirements.
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 Filing Officer for verification (Ashland Municipal Code 2.40). Once signatures are collected they must be submitted to the City Recorder along with the Petition Submission (SEL 338).
All signature verifications need to be done at the County Clerk's Office. Candidate must take petitions to the City Recorder. City Recorder will take the the County Clerk for verification.
Step 3: Follow Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements
ALL REPORTING IS COMPLETED THROUGH THE STATE OF OREGON ELECTIONS DIVISION
Register Your Campaign Committee
Prospective candidates file with the Elections Division for the Oregon Secretary of State a Statement of Organization for a Candidate Committee (SEL 220) This form is not required if the candidate is acting as his or her own treasurer and expects to spend or receive 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: Candidate Quick Guide on Campaign Finance reporting in Oregon. 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 $3,500 or spend a total of more than $3,500 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 $3,500, you must file detailed contribution and expenditure reports.
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 (September 19th) and removed within seven days following an election (November 10th).
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 8, 2020
Cost for filing is $100
Forms most likely needed are:
Forms can be obtained only at the Jackson County Election's Office.
City of Ashland
Melissa Huhtala, City Recorder
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
20 E Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 488-5307
Cell: (541) 613-0194
Jackson County Elections
Chris Walker, County Clerk
1101 West Main Street Ste 201
Medford, OR 97501
State of Oregon Elections Division
141 State Capitol
Salem, OR 97310