Salt Lake City

Recorder's Office - Elections/Becoming a Candidate/Withdrawal of Candidacy

Becoming a Candidate  

Declaration of Candidacy 

Declarations of candidacy must be filed in person at the Office of the City Recorder, located in Room 415, City & County Building, 451 South State Street during office hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between June 1 and June 7, 2017 (excluding Saturday and Sunday).  

Prospective candidates must file in person pursuant to Utah State Code, 20A-9-203.  The filing officer must read the constitutional and statutory qualification requirements for office to the candidate and the candidate must state whether or not they meet those requirements.  

Requirements

  • Candidate must be a registered voter
  • Be a resident of Salt Lake City for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the election, and in the case of Council member, be a resident of the council district 12 months immediately preceding the date of election
  • Have no other compensated employment with Salt Lake City Corporation 
  • Register a Personal Campaign Committee before receiving any political contributions or spending any money for campaign expenses
  • File periodic Campaign Finance Statements
  • A person may be a candidate for only one office at any one election

Mayoral Candidate

  • $352, fee
  • Or in lieu of fee, submit a nominating petition signed by 315 residents: 45 within each council district who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Form: Nomination Petition-Mayor

Councilmember Candidate

  • $84, fee
  • Or in lieu of fee, submit a nominating petition signed by 75 residents within the council district who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Form: Nomination Petition-Council

Forms Required

Declaration of Candidacy
Candidate Information
Registration of Personal Campaign Committee
Declaration to Limit Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
-OR-Statement Declining to Limit Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Authorization for Electronic Signature
Pledge of Fair Campaign Practices (voluntary)

Declaration of Candidacy Packet 
 
Withdrawal of Candidacy 

Utah State Code, 20A-9-203(13) Any person who filed a declaration of candidacy and was nominated, and any person who was nominated by a nomination petition, may, any time up to 23 days before the election, withdraw the nomination by filing a written affidavit with the clerk.