Nomination Papers for City Council Now Available

OTTUMWA – This year the City general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th.  There are two City Council positions open for election this fall. The City Council positions are four-year terms. The terms determined by this November’s election become effective at noon on January 2, 2020.


Citizens interested in running for these offices may now obtain a Candidate’s Guide, nomination papers and an affidavit of candidacy from the City Clerk’s Office at 105 E. Third Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.   The forms are also available at the County Auditor’s Office or from the Secretary of State’s website at


Any resident of the City of Ottumwa, whether registered to vote or not, 18 years of age, who has not been convicted of a felony, unless pardoned by the governor, nor declared mentally incompetent, may seek public office.   Nominees for City Council must obtain 37 signatures from eligible electors.  Persons signing the nomination papers must give their name, their address (place of residence, not a post office box or mailing address), and the date they signed the nomination paper. The number of signatures required is two percent of the total votes cast in the last preceding regular City election.


The first day to file nominations to appear on the ballot with the City Clerk is Monday, August 12, 2019.  The Affidavit of Candidacy must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public.  The nomination papers and affidavit of candidacy must be filed at the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 29th.


If seven or more candidates file nomination papers for City Council, then a City primary election will be necessary.  The City primary election would be held October 8th, four weeks before the City general election on November 5th.


Candidates receiving contributions, making expenditures of incurring debt in excess of $750 are required to file campaign finance reports at the County Auditor’s Office.  Residents with questions about filing for candidacy in this falls City election can contact Christina Reinhard, City Clerk at 683-0620, or Wapello County Auditor, Kelly Spurgeon, at 683-0020.