Electing the Mayor and Council

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​Which City officials are elected?
The elected City officials are the Mayor and Council Members. The Mayor is elected from the city at large, while the eight Council Members are elected from eight geographic Council Districts.

When are the Council Districts determined?
The Council Districts are determined at least once every 10 years based on the census. Each district is substantially equal in population at the time the districts are established.

What are the qualifications to serve?

  • The members of the City Council shall be qualified electors of the city of Phoenix and shall hold no other public office for which they shall receive compensation except that of a notary public, a member of the school board or member of the National Guard or Naval or Military Reserve.

  • Each candidate for Mayor shall at the time of their nomination and during their tenure maintain their permanent residence within the city of Phoenix.

  • Each candidate for one of the eight Council seats shall at the time of their nomination and during their tenure maintain their permanent residence within the district from which they are nominated.

What are the terms of office?

  • ​The Mayor and Council Members are elected to four-year terms.
  • To avoid having all the Council seats expire in the same year, council terms are staggered.  The Council Members from Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are elected at one election (2017) and the Mayor and Council Members from Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are elected two years later (2019) .  

  • The terms of office begin at 10 a.m. on the first business day in January following the election.

Are there term limits?
Yes. The Mayor may serve two four-year terms. Each Council Member may serve three consecutive four-year terms.

When is the next election for Mayor and Council Members?
The next election for Council Members in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be held in August 2017.
The next election for Mayor and Council Members in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be held in August 2019.

What are the nomination requirements?
Nomination petitions for Mayor require signatures of 1,500 qualified electors of the city of Phoenix.  Nominations petitions for Council members require signatures of 200 qualified electors of the Council District the candidate seeks to represent. 

Who can sign nomination petitions and when can they sign?
Potential candidates can obtain signatures on nomination petitions beginning 180 days before the election. Qualified electors residing in the city can sign a nomination petition for Mayor. Signers of a nomination petition for Council Member must be qualified electors residing in the District the candidate seeks to represent. Electors may sign only one petition for Mayor and only one petition for Council Member.

When can nomination papers be filed?
Nomination papers, which include the nomination petition, must be filed no earlier than 120 days prior to the election and no later than 90 days prior to the election.

How do I get more information about candidacy?
Candidate packets containing the following information are available in the office of the City Clerk, 200 W. Washington St., Suite 1500, beginning in January of the year of a City Council Election. For additional information pertaining to the packet, call 602-262-6837.