I’m beginning to hear some things around town and through my social media channels that lead me to believe that this special election to fill the State Rep seat vacated by our friend Joyce Spilliotis, is going to be like no other election in recent memory here in our sometimes politically apathetic burg.
That’s right. You might actually see some totally grassroots candidates on the final ballot.
The requirements for making it to the final ballot are not that daunting. Essentially, you need to meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Must be a registered voter
- Must be a US citizen
- Must be a resident of the district for one year preceding the date of the election
- Must get at least 150 certified signatures from registered voters.
If you live in Wards 1-4 and part of Ward 5 (the city hall clerk’s office can let you know if you qualify here), that’s ALL you need to do to get on the final ballot as an independent candidate. If you want to run as a Democrat, you definitely need to win a primary against some better known, better financed candidates. But not if want to run as “unenrolled.”
This could set up some interesting scenarios on the final ballot. Conceivably, we could end up with one Democrat, one Republican, and several “independents.”
So … if you have always wanted to run for office, here’s your chance. City Clerk Tim Spanos says it’s up to the State Legislature to decide on the election dates, and that hasn’t happened yet. When it does, though, we’ll be sure to let everyone know when nomination papers will be available.
By the way, if you’d like to announce your candidacy here on EOP, just let me know.