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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Interested in running for City Council in November?

So You Want to be a Councilor video

Now is the time to decide if you want to run for Lafayette City Council. Five seats will be up for election on November 5. The candidate qualifying period ends on August 26 when nomination petitions are due.

To follow is a framework of important dates and information.  A Candidate Information Booklet is available online which will guide candidates through the entire campaign process, important dates, contribution and reporting requirements, and more.

Eligibility for Elective Office

  • Must be a current Lafayette resident who has resided within city limits for at least one year
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must not be in financial default to the City or any other state government agency  

Nomination Process

Beginning on August 1, prospective candidates may download a Candidate Information Booklet or pick one up from the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 1290 South Public Road.

Nomination Petitions due by August 26
Candidates must circulate and submit a nomination petition containing signatures of at least 25 registered electors who reside within the city limits of Lafayette. Candidate Petition Packets are not available online, due to the nature of the petition, and must be picked up from the City Clerk’s office. Nomination Petitions must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than August 26.

Important Dates for Interested Candidates

  • August 1: Candidate Information Booklet is available online or in the City Clerk’s office.
  • August 6: Candidate Petition Packets available in the City Clerk’s office
  • August 26 by 5:00pm: Last day to return Nomination Petitions to the City Clerk
  • August 29 at 6:00pm: Candidate Q&A and So You Want to Be a City Councilor Presentation. City Councilors and staff will provide an overview of what it’s like to serve on Council and discuss the organization and function of Lafayette’s Council/Manager form of government. The City Clerk will also hold a drawing to determine the order in which candidate names will appear on the ballot. City Hall/Council Chambers, 1290 S. Public Rd.
  • September 19 at 6:30pm: City Council Candidates Forum hosted by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee in the Lafayette Library Meeting Room, 775 W. Baseline Rd.
  • October 10 at 6:30pm: City Council Candidates Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters in the Lafayette Library Meeting Room, 775 W. Baseline Rd.
  • October 15: First of three Contribution and Expense Forms due to the Clerk’s Office.
  • Week of October 14: Ballots will be mailed to voters.
  • November 1: Second of three Contribution and Expense Forms due to the Clerk’s Office
  • November 5: Election Day

 “So You Want to be a City Councilor?” presentation

On July 17, 2019, presenters covered the structure of Lafayette’s government, the purpose of the City Charter, services provided by City departments, responsibilities of the City Council, and how to get started with your run for Council. Watch the recorded video of this presentation.

For more information regarding the City Council election, contact the City Clerk’s office at 303-661-1222 or 303-661-1227.

For voter registration and voter information, visit the Boulder County voter registration website.  

Learn more about the Lafayette City Council at cityoflafayette.com/CityCouncil. Download a copy of the City Council Handbook.

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