The City of Yuma will hold primary and general elections in 2019, and those seeking office now have online access to the forms and information they'll need in order to run for any of the four seats that will be open.
The City's primary election will be held Aug. 27 for the purpose of nominating and/or electing candidates for three seats on the City Council and one seat for municipal judge. The general election will be held Nov. 5 for the purpose of electing candidates in the event that seats remain following results of the primary election.
Candidates may be elected to office in the primary if they receive 50 percent plus one vote among ballots cast.
Those elected to these positions would each serve a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
Candidate nomination packets can be downloaded from the “Running For Office” page of the City’s website, www.yumaaz.gov (click on “Departments,” then “City Clerk’s Office,” then “Elections”). The packet can then be downloaded to a desktop or mobile device and saved for the prospective candidate’s reference.
Although the packets are offered online, candidates should note that all required documents must have an original signature and be filed in the office of the City Clerk, located on the first floor of Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza (3rd Street between 1st Avenue and Madison Avenue), within the deadlines noted in the statutes.
The candidate manual includes information regarding qualifications for office, the number of valid signatures required, financial disclosure statements and political action committees.
City of Yuma elections are nonpartisan; no affiliations to political parties are disclosed. Council candidates are not bound to specific geographic areas; seats are held at large.
The first day for candidates to file nomination papers and other nomination forms is April 29, and the deadline to file nomination paperwork at the City Clerk’s office is 5 p.m. (sharp) May 29.