2021 Guidelines for Publicly Financed Candidates

Information about running for office as a publicly financed candidate.

Runoff Election Spending Limit

  • Mayor: $226,734.60
  • District 1: $13,538.91
  • District 3: $13,200.00
  • District 5: $16,661.37
  • District 7: $14,584.02
  • District 9: $13,791.03

Runoff In-Kind Contribution Limits

Office Individual In-Kind Aggregate In-Kind
Council District 1 $2,500.00 $1,353.89
Council District 3 $2,500.00 $1,320.00
Council District 5 $2,500.00 $1,666.14
Council District 7 $2,500.00 $1,458.40
Council District 9 $2,500.00 $1,379.10
Mayor $2,500.00 $22,673.46

 

Exploratory Period

Applicants may test the waters before filing for candidacy.

  • Mayoral Candidates: March 1 to April 16, 2021
  • City Council Candidates: April 25 to May 30, 2021

Participating candidates shall not have, within one year prior to the declaration of intent to seek public financing, raised or expended any monies in excess of the pre- and post- Exploratory Period contribution limits with the intent or effect of campaigning for elected office.

Qualifying Period

  • Mayoral Candidates: April 17 to June 19, 2021
  • City Council Candidates: May 31 to July 5, 2021

Spending Limit

  • Mayor: $661,309.25
  • District 1: $41,027.00
  • District 3: $40,000.00
  • District 5: $50,489.00
  • District 7: $44,194.00
  • District 9: $41,791.00

Qualifying Contributions

Applicant Candidates must receive Qualifying Contributions from 1 percent of the registered voters in the district the candidate wishes to represent.

  • Mayor: 3,779
  • District 1: 411
  • District 3: 315
  • District 5: 505
  • District 7: 442
  • District 9: 418

Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are not elected in the 2021 Regular Local Election.

In-Kind Contribution Limits

Office Individual In-Kind Aggregate In-Kind
Council District 1 $2,500.00 $4,102.70
Council District 3 $2,500.00 $4,000.00
Council District 5 $2,500.00 $5,048.90
Council District 7 $2,500.00 $4,419.40
Council District 9 $2,500.00 $4,179.10
Mayor $2,500.00 $66,130.93

Seed Money Contribution Limits

Office Individual Seed Money Aggregate Seed Money
Council District 1 $250 $8,205.40
Council District 3 $250 $8,000.00
Council District 5 $250 $10,097.80
Council District 7 $250 $8,838.80
Council District 9 $250 $8,358.20
Mayor $250 $132,261.85

 

Petition Signatures

In addition to qualifying for public financing, Applicant Candidates must also gather petition signatures pursuant to the City Charter and Ordinances.

  • Candidates for Mayor must gather more than 3000 signatures from registered voters within the City from April 17 to June 19, 2021.
  • Candidates for City Council must gather more than 500 signatures from registered voters within the district the candidate wishes to represent from May 31 to July 5, 2021.

Election Day

The 2021 Regular Local Election will be held on November 2, 2021.

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