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Running for Elected Office

To be eligible for public office, you must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the city limits of Marion and have no felony convictions.

In Marion, the Mayor serves a 4 year term. Council Members also serve a 4 year term, with two of the four council seats up for election every two years. In 2019, elections will be held for two council seats, as well as the mayor.

If you would like to run for a Marion Council position in 2019, you must complete a Candidate's Declaration of Intention and return it to the Marion City Office with a $5.00 filing fee by noon on June 1, 2019.

The $5.00 filing fee is waived if the candidate completes and submits a Kansas Non-Partisan City/School Nomination Petition with at least 25 signatures (or 10% of the voters in the last general election, whichever is less) and an Affidavit of Petition Circular.

The primary election, if necessary, is held on August 5, 2019. The general election is held on November 5, 2019. The successful candidates are sworn in and assume office on January 13, 2020.

No later than 30 days after the election, candidates who are successfully elected to office must complete and submit the Statements of Substantial Interests for Local Office and Affidavit of Exemption From Filing Receipts and Expenditures Reports (if eligible) forms.

All of the required forms are available for download as a PDF in our Elections Forms Pack.

If you will be collecting petition signatures in lieu of paying the filing fee, you will also need the Nomination Petition and Affidavit.