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.

  1. City Council
  2. Other Local Offices

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.  

  1. Office of the City Clerk


    Physical Address
    7900 South Westnedge Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

    Fax: (269) 324-8070