Special all-mail ballot set for Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The Denver City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, March 5th at 9:00 a.m. to declare a vacancy in City Council District #1 and set the Special Election to fill the seat for Tuesday, May 4th. Current Councilman Rick Garcia was recently appointed Regional Director for the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development and will vacate the seat effective March 1, 2010.
Per Denver Charter, Council is required to call a special election no later than 60 days after the declaration of the vacancy. Candidates must submit a nominating petition at least 55 days before election day, and per state law, elections must be scheduled on a Tuesday. The special meeting will give candidates from Friday, March 5 until Wednesday, March 10 to collect and submit 100 signatures to the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, Denver Elections Division.
To run for a district Council seat, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen; over 25 years of age; a resident of the City and County of Denver for the two years immediately preceding the election, the last year of which must be inside the district; and qualified to register to vote in the City and County of Denver. In this election, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes on May 4th will take office immediately and serve out the final year of Garcia's term and will then stand for election again with all Denver elected officials in May of 2011.
The Office of the Clerk and Recorder Elections Division has a Municipal Candidate Information Packet along with a Campaign Finance Information Packet for potential candidates that includes all required forms and deadlines. These packets will be available online at www.denvergov.org/elections
or at the Elections Division beginning February 22. Candidates may not circulate petitions for signatures prior to the official declaration of vacancy by City Council, scheduled for March 5, 2010. A petition must have at least 100 valid signatures of registered electors who reside within the district.
The Office of the Clerk and Recorder Elections Division is located at 3888 E. Mexico Avenue. For more information on this special election, contact the Elections Division at 720.913.VOTE (8683) or http://www.denvergov.org/elections