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Run for City Council

Run for City Council

The City of Ferndale is governed by a mayor and four-member City Council. The term of the Mayor is two years, and the term of a Council Member is four years. If you're interested in running for an elected position in Ferndale, start by reviewing the frequently asked questions below.

2021 Openings

The positions that are expiring on December 31, 2021 or are currently open are:

  • Mayor, for a 2-year term expiring December 31, 2023
  • Two (2) City Council positions, for 4-year terms expiring December 31, 2025

FAQs

When are City Council meetings held?

City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. To learn more about meetings and regulations, see our Council rules.

What are the qualifications for Mayor and City Council positions?

Candidates must be:

  • Twenty-five years of age or older,
  • A citizen of the United States,
  • And a resident of the City of Ferndale at least two years immediately preceding the election at which they seek to be elected for office.

Election is non-partisan and members serve at large (not representing any particular section of the City).

How do I get on the ballot?

Per Chapter IV of the City Charter, prospective candidates must submit nominating petitions bearing no fewer than 100 and no more than 150 signatures of registered Ferndale voters.

What if I have questions once I’m an official candidate?

  • All candidates will be provided with a comprehensive candidate handbook, which will answer many questions.
  • Election-related questions should be directed to the City Clerk. Information will be shared with all candidates.
  • Questions about City operations should be directed to the City Manager. Information will be shared with all candidates.

How do I get started if I want to run for a City Council or Mayoral position?

Start by visiting the City Clerk's Office to receive your nominating packet, which includes:

  • Nominating petitions
  • Calendar of important dates
  • Other useful information.

The City Clerk's Office is located at Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile rd. Open hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

What should I know about nominating petitions?

The state has stringent requirements about petitions. Three important points:

  • The state has official petition blanks that you must use. They are available at City Hall—you cannot print them at home. Circulators should not sign until after a sheet is filled. Signatures dated later than the circulators cannot be counted.
  • You can only sign petitions equal to the number of seats open. Where any name appears on more petitions than there are candidates to be elected to a specific office, that name cannot be counted for any petition for that office.
  • The state mandated deadline to submit nominating petitions is 105 days prior to the election, by 4:00 p.m. at City Hall. No petitions will be accepted after this date and time.

What happens to the petitions once they’re submitted

  • The City Clerk has 5 days to determine the sufficiency of the signatures. Candidates will be notified in writing immediately if they do not have at least 100 valid signatures. As long as the 105-day at 4:00 p.m. filing deadline has not passed, candidates may submit more signatures to make up the deficiency.
  • There are many statutory reasons a signature may not be valid. It is highly recommended to exceed the 100-signature minimum, keeping in mind no more than 150 can be accepted.

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