All citizens interested in running for the City of Somerton Council must be at least 18 years of age at the time of election, have resided in the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Somerton for one year, and be a qualified elector in the State of Arizona.
Individuals interested in running for an open Council seat, and planning on spending or receiving contributions in excess of $500, must file official paperwork forming a candidate political committee. During the election cycle, each candidate committee is required to submit to the City Clerk regularly scheduled campaign finance reports, as well as other filing documents.
Each candidate who intends to accept contributions or make expenditures of $500 or more must file a Statement of Organization with the City Clerk. All candidates interested in running for City Council should submit a statement of organization if they believe they will spend $500 or more. If any information reported on the Statement of Organization changes, the political committee must file an amended Statement of Organization reporting the change within five business days.
Campaigns wishing to use political signs within the City’s right-of-way must follow Arizona-revised statute 16-1019. (https://www.azleg.gov/ars/16/01019.htm) All political signs must be in compliance with Arizona state law and the regulations established by the City of Somerton Code.