Nominating petitions for candidates seeking election to the Fort Morgan City Council in November will be available starting Tuesday, Aug. 3, at City Hall.
The City of Fort Morgan conducts its municipal elections as part of the coordinated election conducted by Morgan County. The Nov. 2 general election will be an all-mail ballot election.
This year’s municipal election will have five candidate contests, one more than usual due to two members being appointed to fill partial terms after resignations. In addition to the mayor’s position, which is contested every two years, there will be four council seats up for election – one each in Wards 1 and 3 and two seats in Ward 2.
Nominating petitions and candidate packets containing other information on running for city office will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 110 Main St.
To be eligible to run for the city council, candidates must be U.S. citizens, qualified electors of the City of Fort Morgan and residents of the city for at least one year prior to election day. They must currently reside in the election ward in which they’re running but there is no separate time of residency requirement within the ward.
Potential candidates picking up packets should expect to spend a few minutes having the documents and the process explained to them. They will also be required to provide contact information including phone numbers and e-mail address so they can be reached and advised on any election issues.
Petitions can only be circulated between Aug. 3 and Aug. 23, and must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office before 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23. Candidates for City Council seats must obtain the signatures of 20 registered voters who live within the boundaries of the election ward for which the candidate is seeking office. Mayoral candidates must obtain 50 signatures from registered voters who live anywhere in the city limits.
The signatures on the petitions will be checked against voter registration and address lists, so it is advisable for candidates to secure more than the minimum number of signatures required in case some are found to be invalid or ineligible.
Council seats are normally contested in each ward for four-year terms, while the mayor is elected at-large to a two-year term at each municipal election. This year, two council members will be elected from Ward 2 – the area east of West Street and south of the railroad tracks. The candidate who gets the highest number of votes in that ward contest will receive a four-year term, while the candidate with the second-highest vote total will be given a two-year term.
Anyone with questions about the municipal election process is encouraged to contact Deputy City Manager/City Clerk/PIO John Brennan at 542-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about voter registration and other general election issues, contact the Morgan County election office at 542-3521, option 5.
Voters can check their own voting status and/or update their voter information by visiting the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at www.sos,state.co.us/Voter.
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