May 31, 2024

Rainier Mayor and Council Candidate Filings Open June 5

Rainier Mayor and Council Candidate Filings Open June 5 for November 2024 Election

Wednesday, June 5 is the first day that incumbents and other interested parties can file for local office in order to run for positions in the November 5 general election.

The Rainier City Council will have three positions on the November ballot, along with the mayor’s position. Council positions 2, 6 and 7 are for four-year terms that begin January 2025 and expire January 2029. The mayor’s position is a two-year term that begins January 2025 and expires January 2027.

Any candidate must be a qualified elector with 12 months of residency within Rainier city limits prior to the general election.

In order to file, you must pick up SEL 101, 121 and 338 forms at city hall, fill them out and return them to the City Administrator. Once the administrator verifies that residency requirements are met and assigns a petition number, candidates will then be allowed to collect signatures to qualify for the ballot. The city municipal code requires 25 valid signatures from registered voters from within Rainier city limits. Candidates are advised to collect more signatures than are required in order to meet the qualifications.

Under the Rainier Municipal Code, the petition shall be filed with the Administrator not more than 100 days nor less than 62 days before the day of the election.

The deadline to file for any of these positions is August 27. Candidates wishing to file a statement for inclusion in the voter pamphlet must do so by August 29. Those statements are done through the Columbia County Clerk’s office.

For more information, call city hall at 503-556-7301 or email sjorgensen@cityofrainier.com