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QUICK GUIDE: RUNNING FOR CITY OF PORTLAND ELECTED OFFICE

 


 

Below is 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 2014 municipal primary election: Commissioner Position No. 2, Commissioner Position No. 3, and Auditor. For each City office on the ballot, if no candidate receives a majority of votes at the May 20, 2014 municipal primary election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for that office will appear on the November 4, 2014 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

 

Step One

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 12th, 2013.  These forms must be filed prior to filing for candidacy.

 

Step Two

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)

 

OR,

 

(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 24, 2014.

 

All required filing forms can be accessed at the Elections Form Library.

 


 

DEADLINES

 

Within 3 days of any

contribution or expenditure

          Establish a Principal Campaign Committee
September 12, 2013   1st day to file as a candidate
March 11, 2014   Last day to file as a candidate
March 14, 2014   Last day to withdraw as candidate
March 20, 2014   Deadline for Auditor to file list of candidates with County
March 24, 2014   Deadline for candidate filing in Voters' Pamphlet
April 8, 2014   7-Day Transaction Reporting in ORESTAR begins
May 20, 2014   Municipal Primary Election

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

* 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.

 

City Elections Division

 

Office of the City Auditor

1221 SW 4th Avenue

Room 320

Portland, OR 97204-1987

Map

 

Hours: Monday - Friday,

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
phone:  (503) 823-3546

fax: (503) 823-3530

 

email City Elections

 

 

ORESTAR - Campaign Finance Public Search

(Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division)

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