Running for Office

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Filing for a Place on the Ballot

On May 1, 2021, voters cast votes for Mayor, City Council Place 1 and City Council Place 2.

Candidates for the May Election may file their applications for a place on the ballot January 13 through February 12.  Notice of Filing Period

First Steps for Candidates Running for Office
May Election Calendar
2021 City Council Meeting Calendar

To file for a place on the ballot, the following forms must be turned into the City Secretary by 5:00 p.m. on February 12:

  1. Application for a Place on the Ballot
  2. Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer (form fillable version)
    Instructions for completing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer
  3. Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional)
    Fair Campaign Practices Act
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTING

All candidates must file reports showing their campaign contributions and expenditures. 

The Texas Ethics Commission oversees all reporting.  They have a helpful website to provide guidance and answer some of of the more common questions.   The Commission's Campaign Finance Guide is also provided for your assistance.  

Candidates for the General Election, must submit Campaign Finance Reports to the City Secretary on April 1 and April 23, in addition to semi-annual filings after the election.

Questions regarding campaign financing regulations and reporting should be directed to the Texas Ethics Commission.

OTHER FORMS

Declaration of Write-In Candidacy (deadline: February 16)
Certificate of Withdrawal (deadline: February 19)

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Qualifications for City Council (City Charter)
Regulating Political Funds and Campaigns (Texas Election Code)
Political Advertising, What You Need to Know
Political Signs Regulations
Human Resources Policy Manual - Hiring of Relatives

OTHER RESOURCES

Tarrant County Elections Administrator
Texas Ethics Commission
Texas Secretary of State  

Questions regarding elections may be sent to the City Secretary's Office or by calling 817.410.3182.