Run for Council

Elections for Town Council are non-partisan elections (meaning they do not run under a certain party, therefore there are no primary elections).  

The process to get on the ballot does not occur until August; however, candidates may register to form a candidate committee at any time in order to receive and expend funds, and to campaign.

Elections are held in November of even-numbered years with Council seats up for election on an alternating basis. Councilmember and mayoral terms are limited to two consecutive, 4-year terms. 

The November 2022 election will be for councilmembers representing Districts 3 and 5, and the mayor-at-large.

The Town Clerk is the designated election official for the Town and will work closely with you throughout the campaign and election process.  

STEPS TO BECOME A CANDIDATE (Details below)

  1. Ensure you are eligible to be a candidate
  2. Register your candidate committee
  3. File Contribution and Expenditure reports according to the filing schedule 
  4. Attend the Candidate Orientation (TBD)
  5. Beginning in August 2022, Nomination Petitions will be made available and potential candidates will need to obtain signatures 
  6. Sign the Affidavit of Acceptance and turn in the required number of valid signatures to appear on the ballot.
  7. Names are drawn for the order to appear on the ballot

Candidate eligibility

  • Candidates must be citizens of the United States
  • Candidates must be registered electors of the Town
  • Candidates are prohibited from being a paid employee of the Town at the time of election and throughout their term of office
  • Candidates must have resided in the Town for 12 consecutive months preceding the date of the election and throughout their term of office
  • Councilmember candidates must also be a resident within their district boundaries at the time of nomination and throughout their term of office

Candidate committee

Prior to a candidate accepting any contributions or making any expenditures, they must first register as a committee.

  • Formation of a committee requires a separate bank account to be established in the name of the committee.
  • Candidate committees may register at any time. 
  • A candidate shall have only one candidate committee.

Candidate financial reports

Candidate committees are required by the Fair Campaign Practices Act to file periodic financial reports.

FCPA required reports and deadlines

Candidate Orientation

TBD

For those considering running for Mayor or Town Council, the Candidate Orientation Packet (to be updated prior to Orientation - copies will be provided at the Orientation) will be a helpful resource document.  

Nomination Petition

Nomination petitions will be prepared by the Town Clerk and may be picked up in August; 92 days prior to the election.

Petitioners may begin obtaining signatures 91 days prior to the date of the election in order to place a candidate on the ballot. Deadline to file petitions with the Town Clerk is 71 days prior to the election date.

  • Councilmember candidates are required to obtain signatures of at least 25 registered electors residing within the nominee’s district 
  • Registered electors may only sign one Councilmember nomination petition for a candidate for the district in which the elector resides
  • Mayoral candidates are required to obtain signatures of at least 10 registered electors from each of the six election districts
  • Registered electors may only sign one nomination petition for Mayor
  • Registered electors may sign both a Councilmember petition and a Mayor petition
  • Nomination petitions for mayor and councilmembers must be personally circulated by the candidate

Additional circulator instructions

  • Please have individuals sign the petition in either blue or black ink
  • Petition sections may not be disassembled
  • Individuals must complete all information sections on the petition form
  • Individuals should sign their name as they are registered to vote as (use legal name, avoid nicknames)
  • Individuals current address must be a street address (no post office box addresses will be accepted)
  • Individuals making a correction or a change to the petition must initial the change made

The Town Clerk will verify the nomination petition contains the requisite number of valid signatures to be placed on the ballot as a candidate. If a candidate files a nomination petition that does not have the requisite number of valid signatures, the candidate may have an opportunity to circulate additional petitions to meet the signature requirements prior to the deadline. 

Acceptance / affidavit of nominated candidate

At the point the nomination petition is filed with the Town Clerk, the candidate shall also file the Acceptance/Affidavit of Nominated Candidate acknowledging:

  • Candidate personally circulated the petition observing the elector signature process
  • Electors signing the petition signed only for themselves
  • Acceptance of nomination for candidacy
  • Candidate meets all eligibility requirements
  • Candidate agrees to comply with Fair Campaign Practice requirements
  • How candidate’s name shall appear on the election ballot

The affidavit must be notarized by a notary other than the Town of Castle Rock prior to filing with the Town Clerk.

Candidate name placement on ballot

The order that candidate names appear on the ballot is determined by lot. A drawing will be held by the Town Clerk after submitted nomination petitions have been verified to have the requisite number of valid signatures.