Clerk's Office

Posted on: April 20, 2017

Filing deadline draws near for persons interested in serving on the City Commission

At the primary and general election this year, City residents will be voting for Commissioners for the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th Wards of the City for a 4 year term ending November 20, 2021.

Persons interested in running for public office must file with the Clerks Office by April 25th by 4:00 pm.

Candidate Qualifications include the following:  

Must be a registered elector under State laws at the time of filing the nominating petitions; Resident of City of Bay City for 1 year preceding the date of the election; Commissioners must reside in the ward from which they seek election at the time of filing their nominating petitions and Commissioners are limited to serving 2 consecutive 4-year terms.  

To be eligible for filing a candidate must have signatures of 50 registered electors from the Ward in which the individual is seeking to represent. Petitions and Affadavits of Identity must be filed with the City Clerk's office.  City Clerk TJ Lucero recommends submitting your petition and affidavit of identity prior to the deadline if possible. This leaves time for signature requirements to be reviewed, verified and if necessary, corrected. If the deadline has passed and the signature requirements are not met, there is a risk of not making it on the ballot.  "A minimum of 50 signatures are needed, to err on the safe side I would recommend submitting the maximum of 75" Lucero said.  

Commissioners that are term limited and not eligible for re-election are 1st Ward Lynn Stamiris, 5th Ward Jim Irving and 9th Ward Larry Elliott.

Commissioners Andrew Niedzinski and Kerice Basmadjian (3rd and 7th Ward respectively) are not term limited and eligible to run again.

For more information contact the City Clerk at 989-894-8168.    

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