The Bend City Council has four positions that will be placed on the ballot for the November 2020 election. The Bend City Council is comprised of six council members and an elected Mayor. Council Members are elected to four-year terms. Individuals elected to a seat on the City Council will begin serving January 2021.
Citizens interested in serving on the City Council may begin the filing process June 2 and have until August 20, 2020 to file completed petitions.
Four positions will expire at the end of December. Those include positions 1 through 4 currently held by Justin Livingston, Bill Moseley, Chris Piper and Bruce Abernethy.
Requirements for Bend City Council election:
The petitioner must file a prospective petition with the City Recorder. Once approved, the petitioner should circulate the petition and gather 150 qualified signatures. When the signatures are gathered, they are verified by the Deschutes County Clerk's office. After the petition is verified, it becomes a qualified petition and must then be filed with the City of Bend’s City Recorder. To qualify, candidates must reside within the city limits of Bend for no less than one year prior to taking office and be a registered voter.
Expectations for Bend City Council:
Candidates can expect to meet in the Council capacity at least four nights each month. Persons elected to the City Council are automatically placed on the Bend Urban Renewal Agency Board, serve on the Budget Committee and other local and regional committees.
Information on nomination petitions is available in the office of the Bend City Recorder, 710 NW Wall Street, 2nd floor. For additional information, call the City Recorder’s Office at 541-388-5517.