The Bend City Council has three positions that will be placed on the ballot for the November 2018 election. Starting in January 2019, the Bend City Council will be comprised of six council members and an elected Mayor (following May 2018 Charter Amendments). Council Members and the Mayor are elected to four-year terms.
Citizens interested in serving on the City Council may begin the filing process May 30 and have until August 28, 2018 to file completed petitions.
Three positions will expire at the end of December. Those include Casey Roats, Barb Campbell and Nathan Boddie. Positions 5 and 6 are for Council, position 7 is for Mayor.
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.
The City of Bend had three measures on the May 15, 2018 ballot.
• Measure 9-115 to renew a five-year operating levy for fire and emergency medical services.
• Measure 9-119 amending the Bend Charter to have council member and mayor compensation set by Council ordinance.
• Measure 9-118 amending the Bend Charter to have the voters directly elect the Mayor to a four-year term.
Information is available on the Deschutes County Clerk’s Election Page.