Running for Mayor or Council

Thank you for your interest in becoming a candidate in the 2024 Scottsdale Mayor and City Council Election. This information is an important first step in the election process and has been prepared to provide you with information and candidate requirements for the 2024 Mayor and City Council Election.

While every effort was made to provide a comprehensive overview of the election process for the City of Scottsdale, this candidate information and the noted resources are provided with the understanding that City Clerk staff cannot provide legal or financial advice. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all legal requirements have been met.

Please note that the Scottsdale City Clerk serves as the filing officer for all Scottsdale election forms. All forms must be filed with the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office by the noted deadlines. Candidates are encouraged to refer to the Arizona State Constitution, the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Scottsdale City Charter, and Scottsdale City Code for legal requirements pertaining to candidates for Scottsdale elective office.

Before filing any forms, you are highly encouraged to meet with City Clerk staff to review the candidate handbook (PDF). Candidate meeting can be held in person, virtually through Microsoft Teams, or over the phone. Please contact City Clerk Ben Lane at 480-312-2411 or by email to schedule a meeting or with any questions.


A candidate is required to register a committee if the candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $500 in connection with that candidacy.

An entity must register a political committee if it meets both of the following conditions: 1) the entity is organized for the primary purpose of influencing the result of an election; and 2) the entity knowingly receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,400 in connection with any election during a calendar year. “Primary purpose” is defined in A.R.S. § 16-901(43).

Scottsdale candidates are required to file a Candidate Statement of Interest with the City Clerk before collecting nomination petition signatures. Any signatures collected before the Statement of Interest is filed with the City Clerk are invalid and may be subject to challenge pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-351.

The information contained on this webpage is intended to assist candidates in preparing their candidate papers. While we strive to provide the most current information, state statutes and election cases are subject to constant change and interpretation. Candidates are encouraged to review all election materials with an attorney to ensure compliance with current legal requirements. It is not appropriate for city staff to give legal advice to candidates for office. Please take time to thoroughly review all election materials and comply with all current statutes.


To be eligible to serve on the Scottsdale City Council you must:

  • Be a qualified elector of the City
  • Be a resident of the City or an annexed area for one year preceding to the date of election, and
  • Hold no other elected public office or be a City employee

The following nomination procedures must be performed.

Nomination Petition

Signature Requirements

At least 1,000 and not more than 13,903 signatures of qualified registered voters of the City of Scottsdale is required. Signatures can be gathered using hard copy petitions or online using the E-Qual system.

Filing Period

The nomination petition filing period begins 8 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024, and ends at 5 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2024. The following paperwork must be filed during the nomination filing period:


All forms in PDF format unless otherwise noted.


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