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2015 Candidate Information Election Packet
The Board of Supervisors of Elections thanks you for your interest in the elections process of the City of Rockville.  Enclosed in this packet are all of the materials, forms and critical information, including deadlines, that pertain to elections in the City.

The right to vote and the ability to hold elected office are among our most cherished privileges as American citizens.  In Rockville, those privileges are regulated by laws written in the City Code and through the oversight provided by the citizens who comprise the Board of Supervisors of Elections.  Within city government, the Office of the City Clerk and the Office of the City Attorney work with the Board to manage the elections process.

Elections in Rockville are non-partisan. Candidacy is open to any person at least 18 years of age who meets the following qualifications for office:

  1. A person must be a registered voter having resided in the City for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the elections. This year's election will be held on November 3, 2015.
  2. A person wishing to be placed on the ballot as a candidate must be nominated via a petition meeting certain requirements and approved by the Board of Supervisors of Elections:
(a)  The petition must be filed with the Board of Supervisors of Elections at least sixty (60) calendar days preceding the general election. The 2015 deadline for filing is Friday, September 4, 2015.
 
(b)  The petition must be signed by at least one hundred (100) registered voters who reside within the incorporated limits of the City of Rockville.
The Board of Supervisors of Elections takes its responsibility as the steward of the elections process very seriously and is proud of the part that it plays in the process.  The Board believes that fair and open elections enhance the ability of citizens to participate in this most essential of civic activities.

The City Code is very specific regarding a number of requirements that must be met by each candidate.  Details of these requirements are included in your packet.  For example, there is an expectation and requirement of each candidate to file timely, thorough, and accurate campaign finance reports.  Based upon input received since the last election, compliance with campaign finance reporting requirements will be a priority of the Board.

The City Code is also very specific in defining prohibited campaign practices.  The Board of Supervisors of Elections appreciates that any individual who is a candidate for office aspires to a high standard of ethical and fair behavior.  Rockville is a small community where candidates are neighbors as well as fellow participants in an election.

Persons who file as official candidates may be contacted by staff from various departments of the City to coordinate certain activities related to running for office in Rockville.  For example, every candidate will be afforded an opportunity to submit information for Rockville Reports and the Rockville Channel (Cable Channel 11).  Also, all candidates will be invited to participate in an orientation to Rockville's government on Friday, September 18 or 25, 2015.  All information regarding such activities will be coordinated through the City Manager's Office in cooperation with the respective departments.

The Board of Supervisors of Elections and the Offices of the City Clerk and City Attorney look forward to working with you.  Please call the City Clerk's Office at 240-314-8280 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the materials included in this packet or the elections process.

Candidate Information Election Packet

Section:
  1. General Information
  2. Campaign Filing Documents for Candidates
  3. Campaign Filing Documents for Committee(s)/Slate(s)
  4. Contribution Forms/Receipt Book
  5. Campaign Fund Report  - Work Sheet
  6. Charter and Codes
  7. Additional Information