Candidates May Now File to Run in Nov. 3 Election

by Master

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Three seats on Wilsonville’s five-member City Council will be open during the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The current terms of Mayor Tim Knapp, City Council President Kristen Akervall and Councilor Joann Linville expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

 Qualified individuals may file as candidates for Mayor or City Council. Wilsonville’s elected officials serve non-partisan, at-large four-year terms.  The filing deadline is Aug. 18.

 Wilsonville voters will be electing a new mayor for the first time since 2008. Voters passed a term limits measure during the May primary election that prohibits any individual from serving for more than 12 years within a 20-year period on City Council. An amended City charter is to be adopted by the City Council after Clackamas County certifies and posts official election results.

 To qualify as a candidate, an individual must be a registered voter who has lived within Wilsonville city limits for at least 12 months prior to Nov. 3, 2020. Election guidelines require that each candidate submits a pre-approved petition with at least 20 signatures from registered voters residing within city limits.  Candidates may need to submit a contribution and expenditure report to the Secretary of State.

 Those who apply are encouraged to obtain additional signatures to ensure a sufficient number are valid. Signatures are invalid if a person is not a registered voter, has recently moved to the community and did not re-register, or lives outside the city limits. The City’s Aug. 18 filing deadline ensures the City Recorder has sufficient time to verify signatures and to allow candidates to correct missing information or obtain additional signatures before the State of Oregon’s Aug. 25 filing deadline.

 Prospective candidates for Mayor or City Councilor are strongly encouraged to contact City Recorder Kimberly Veliz for details on the process of filing. Materials outlining the process are available at ci.wilsonville.or.us/elections.

 For additional information, please contact Kimberly Veliz, City Recorder, at 503-570-1506, cityrecorder@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

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