Filing for Office
You can help shape the direction of our city by serving in public office. Portage voters elect a Mayor and City Councilmembers in every odd-numbered year, but there are other Portage area offices that have a big impact on our community, too.
You can also get involved by applying to serve on an advisory board or commission.
City Council elections take place in November of each odd-numbered year. The Mayor is elected to a two-year term and three City Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms in each municipal election.
Step 1: Make Sure You're Eligible to Run
The requirements for running for City Council and Mayor are established in the City Charter. Candidates must be residents of and qualified electors in the City of Portage.
Step 2: Complete a Nominating Petition and Affidavit of Identity
Candidates for elective offices in the City of Portage must be nominated by petitions from registered voters. Candidates must obtain signatures of support from qualified electors in the City of Portage. To be valid, each nominating petition must contain at least 50 signatures but not more than 75.
Packets can be picked up in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall during regular business hours.
Step 3: Submit Documents to the City Clerk's Office
Once you have completed your nomination petition and affidavit of identity, return them to the City Clerk's Office. The City Clerk will verify you have met the requirements to run for office and if successful your name will be placed on the November ballot.
November 5, 2024 Election
Portage District Library Board and Portage Public School Board
Filing Location: Office of the City Clerk, Portage City Hall, 7900 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
- Affidavit of Identity
- Nominating Petition - or - $100 nonrefundable fee filed in lieu of a petition.
All dates are taken from state guidelines. Candidates must be registered electors of the City. The City Clerk has five business days to determine the sufficiency of petition signatures. Candidates will be notified if they do not have the required minimum of valid signatures. If the filing deadline has not passed, candidates may submit more signatures to make up the deficiency.
Campaign Finance questions should be directed to the Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office.
Election-related questions should be directed to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.