First day to circulate petitions is March 1;
Deadline to file petitions is March 31
RAPID CITY--Candidates for positions on the Rapid City Council can begin circulating petitions Sunday, March 1. One position in each of Rapid City's five wards is up for election June 2.
Candidates will be seeking three-year terms on the City Council. The candidate receiving the most votes in each election will be declared the winner. There will be no runoff elections.
The Council positions currently held by incumbents Becky Drury (Ward 1), Ritchie Nordstrom (Ward 2), Chad Lewis (Ward 3), John Roberts (Ward 4) and Laura Armstrong (Ward 5) will be on the ballot this election cycle.
The City is reminding voters and potential candidates of important dates during the election season.
Election packets for the municipal election are available beginning Friday, February 28 and can be obtained at the City Finance Office at 300 Sixth Street. The packets include important information including deadlines for candidates to file financial interest statements. Any petitions signed or notarized before March 1 will not count. Petitions containing signatures of at least 50 persons registered to vote in a candidate's ward must be filed with the City Finance Office by Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. March 31 is also the deadline for removing a name from the ballot.
Voter registration deadline is May 18. Early voting will begin on April 17 and end at 5 p.m. June 1.
Candidates must file a Statement of Financial Interest within 15 days after filing their nominating petitions, and must also file a Statement of Organization for a Candidate Campaign Committee not later than 15 days after becoming a candidate. All required forms must be filed with the City Finance Office.
Candidates elected June 2 will take office at the July 6 City Council meeting.
For more information or questions, contact the City Finance Department at 394-4143.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
February 28 Petition packets available/City Finance Office
March 1 Circulating petitions can begin
March 31 5 p.m./Deadline to file petitions
March 31 5 p.m./ Deadline to withdraw as a candidate
April 17 Early voting begins
May 18 Voting registration deadine
June 1 5 p.m./Early voting ends
June 2 ELECTION DAY
July 6 Swearing-in of new Council members
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
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