Hamilton City Council

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for Hamilton City Council are elected in odd year General Elections.
  • Hamilton City Council members are elected at-large (city-wide).
  • There are six at-large city council seats.
    • There are three at-large seats are on the ballot in 2019.
    • There are three at-large seats on the ballot in 2021.
  • Each term is 4 years. (R.C. 733.09)
  • Each term begins on January 1st following the election. (R.C. 733.09)

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What are the requirements to run for Hamilton City Council?

Candidates for this position must:

  • Live within Hamilton City.
  • Be a registered elector of Hamilton City.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)

How do I run for Hamilton City Council?

  1. Complete petition form 3-O.  (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2" x 14" paper)
  2. Required signatures. (H.C.C. Art. IX §4)
    • Collect between 100 and 200 signatures.
  3. File petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the General election. (H.C.C. Art. XVI §2)
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $45.00. (R.C. 3513.10, 3513.261)

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds, must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Butler County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

Non-incumbent candidates must file with the Ohio Ethics Commission no later than thirty days before the general election. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))  Incumbent candidates must file by May 15th.  (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(a)).

Call Candidate and Ballot Services at 513-887-3700, ext. 3 with any questions or for more information.