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Municipal Offices (Cities)

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MUNICIPAL OFFICE

GRADE LEVEL / YEAR

City government organization varies.  Some have mayors; all elect councils or commissions.   Find your city's municipal structure here.    >>>

March

November

August

The # of signatures you need is 2% of the highest vote total for any one candidate in the last county election.  Signers must be eligible to vote for you; they can be from any political party.  

Running for

Resident for at least a year; controller & treasurer must be over 21

Must be registered as a Green 30 days before the primary

May not hold other elective office

Terms: 4 years

Election Day

A brief campaign finance statement must be filed with the county even if no expenses are incurred. Expenses over $250 must be itemized and regularly reported.

Greens do not run in the April primary, only in the November general election.

Circulate nominating papers

Campaign

Find out what offices will be open & what the highest vote total was for county office in the last election.

ELIGIBILITY

DUTIES

HOURS & PAY

Must file personal financial statement

TIMELINE

December

Jan - Feb

Form an election committee (you will need a chair & a treasurer); develop your theme, message & strategy

Research

Prepare

There are 57 cities in PA & all of them will elect some offices in 2019.  Visit your city's website or call your County Board of Elections for info. >>>

These are typically part-time, modestly paid positions. Compensation & hours vary.

Respond to constituent needs & represent the community to other levels of government.

You must be an accountant to run for controller or treasurer, but these are excellent offices for 3rd party runs!  

Partial List of Municipal Websites

IN A CITY

Budgeting & oversight of municipal programs

Establish tax rates, borrow funds

Regulate land use & business activity

Attend public meetings usually twice a month

Be available to constituents