QUICK GUIDE: RUNNING FOR CITY OF PORTLAND ELECTED OFFICE
Below is a quick reference guide on how to run for office in the City of Portland. Information contained herein should not be considered as having the same weight and authority as City Code or City Administrative Rules. Candidates are responsible for understanding and complying with the state laws, and City Code and Administrative Rules.
For detailed information, candidates should refer to the Candidate Information Packet.
FILING FOR OFFICE
Three offices will appear on the ballot for the 2016 municipal primary election: Mayor, Commissioner Position No. 1, and Commissioner Position No. 4. For each City office on the ballot, if no candidate receives a majority of votes at the May 17, 2016 Municipal Primary Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for that office will appear on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.
There are two general steps to run for city office, as listed below. All candidates should refer to the Candidate Information Packet, the Secretary of State's Candidate Manual (see instructions for non-partisan candidates on page 19) and the Campaign Finance Manual.
Establish a Principal Campaign Committee with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Division by registering in the ORESTAR system, and filing the Statement of Organization and the Campaign Account Information forms.*
Candidates must file these forms within 3 business days of receiving a contribution or making an expenditure, even if prior to September 10th, 2015. These forms must be filed prior to filing for candidacy.
File for office with the City’s Election Division through either option:
(A) Declaration and fee. Candidates submit filing forms along with a fee ($30 Commissioner and Auditor)/ $50 Mayor)
(B) Nominating Petition. Candidates file a prospective petition, collect 100 valid signatures and then file the completed petition along with the other candidate filing forms. No fee is required.
A candidate has not officially filed for office until all required items are submitted in a sufficient form. During the campaign, a candidate must routinely report contributions and expenditures, and a candidate must submit a Voter’s Pamphlet statement by March 21, 2016.
All required filing forms can be accessed at the Elections Form Library.
* Not all candidates are required to establish a Principal Campaign Committee. For more information, please see the Secretary of State’s Quick Guide on campaign finance reporting.