Qualifying and Filing for Candidacy
Candidate qualifications are set by the Grants Pass City Charter (Chapter III - Form of Government). All candidates must be registered to vote in Oregon. In addition:
- City Council candidates must have lived in their Ward for at least six months immediately before the election. To find out more about what City Councilors do, read:
Filing for Candidacy
To file for candidacy, fill out the following forms:
- Filing for Candidacy of Nonpartisan Nomination - SEL 101 (external website)
- Petition for Nonpartisan Nomination - SEL 121 (external website)
All forms and instructions on filing for a City Office are also available through the City Recorder’s office in City Hall, 101 NW A Street.
To file candidacy papers, schedule an appointment with Karen Frerk, City Recorder.
Submit a $10 filing fee or submit signatures in lieu of filing fee.
Circulating Petition for Signatures
Once the petition is approved, the Candidate signs the first line.
The Candidate must collect at least 50 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.
The City Recorder must approve all signature sheets before they can be circulated. Any unapproved sheet will be rejected.
Signatures must be submitted to the City Recorder for verification.
Registering a Campaign Committee
You must file the Candidate’s Statement of Organization (SEL 220) (external website) with the Secretary of State’s Election Division unless you will:
- act as your own treasurer and will spend less than $750 for the campaign during the calendar year
All candidates are required to have a dedicated campaign bank account if they receive contributions or make expenditures over $750 during a calendar year.
If you do not expect to receive a total of more than $3,000 or spend a total of more than $3,000 for an entire election, you may file a Certificate of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (PC 7) (external website).
If at any time during the election, the total expenditures or contributions exceed $3,000, you must file detailed contribution and expenditure reports.
Follow the Money in ORESTAR (external website). This tool from the Oregon Secretary of State allows you to file online and provides additional information on campaign committees and campaign finances. For additional information, contact the Elections Division at 1-503-986-1518.
- See the Campaign Finance Manual (external website) for instructions and a schedule of filing deadlines.
Filing a statement in the Voter’s Pamphlet
The Josephine County Election Division manages the Voters’ Pamphlet. Forms can be obtained only at the Josephine County Election’s Office. Go to the Josephine County Website for more information.
City Charter, Chapter III - Form of Government page
Ward Boundaries & Map page
So you want to run for local office (PDF)
Candidate's Manual (PDF)
Campaign Finance Manual (PDF)
Resolution 20-6894 Council Roles and Responsibilities (PDF)
Council Roles, Responsibilities, Duties and Activities (PDF)
Campaign Sign Regulations page