Running for Office
The next City Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023. The Mayor and all five council seats are up for election: Mayor is an at-large seat i.e. can be from either Ward; City Council is 1 seat At-Large, 2 seats representing Ward 1 and 2 seats representing Ward 2. Council candidates must run for election from the Ward in which they live, unless running at-large.
Candidate packets will be available: May 1, 2023- July 14, 2023 12:00 pm
**Please note*** An appointment is required in order to pick up a Candidate Packet. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the City Clerk at 301-723-5300 Ext. 2121 or Email: [email protected]
Candidate Registration: The deadline to return completed Candidate Packets is July 21, 2023 by 12:00 pm
Qualifications for Mayor
The Mayor shall be a person of known integrity, experience and sound judgment, not less than twenty-five (25) years of age, a citizen of the United States, shall be registered to vote in City elections and a resident of the City for the two (2) years immediately preceding the date of his or her election. The Mayor shall hold office for four (4) years from the second regular meeting after the election in November of the year of his or her election and until the qualification of his or her successor. The Mayor shall remain a resident of the City while holding office.
Qualifications for Council
City councilmembers shall be persons of known integrity, experience and sound judgment, not less than twenty-one (21) years of age, citizens of the United States, registered to vote in City elections and resident of the City and the ward for which they seek election for one (1) year (three hundred sixty-five (365) days) immediately preceding the date of their election. Each councilmember shall hold his or her office for two (2) years from the date of the second regular meeting after the election in November of the year of his or her election and until the qualification of his or her successor. A councilmember shall remain a resident of the City, within the ward from which they were elected and must remain a registered voter within such ward, unless elected at-large, while holding office.
For additional information on candidate filing requirements please contact the Clerk to the Board of Elections at [email protected] or call (301) 725-5300
Board of Election Supervisors
John Kish, Chairman
William Wellford, Chief Judge, Ward 1
Rhonda Whitley, Chief Judge, Ward 2
Jacki Ricks, Chief Judge, Ward 1
Ralphenia Tia Clark, Chief Judge, Ward 2