City elections are held in the City of Taylor every four years (next local election will be in 2021). Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August (Primary) and November (General). The City Clerk is the city’s chief elections officer and is responsible for the administration of all city elections. All local elected official’s terms expire at the same time. They are all four (4) year terms.
Packets are available for those who are interested in running for local office in 2021. Anyone interested needs to call ahead to make arrangements to pick one up because City Hall is open by appointments only. Call (734) 287-6550 Option 6. A one-page primer on the process is downloadable here
Running for City Office
Municipal elections in the City of Taylor are NON-PARTISAN. Pursuant to Section 4.1 the elective officers of the City shall be (a) a Mayor, (b) a City Clerk, (c) a Treasurer, (d) seven (7) Council members.
City Primary elections for Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, and City Council are held only if necessary. If "petitions have been filed for no more than one candidate for the office from each political party nominating candidates therefore, no primary election shall be held respective to that office."
The filing deadline to run for local office is the 15th Tuesday before the August primary (April 20, 2021) by 4 p.m.
Qualifications for City Office and Filing Petitions
The Taylor City Charter requires that candidates for Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, and City Council receive nominating petitions from the City Clerk. Each candidate shall submit petitions bearing the signatures of at least one hundred and fifty (150) and not more than three hundred (300) registered electors requesting such candidacy. Signatures are only valid for one hundred and eighty (180) days, signatures collected before that timeframe will not be counted.
Pursuant to Section 4.2 of the Taylor City Charter, a person is eligible to hold an elected City office if the person on the date of filing petitions for election is a registered qualified elector of the City for one (1) year at the time of filing the petitions. Each candidate shall also file with their petition a Statement of Candidacy and an Affidavit of Identity (forms provided in packet).
A packet of information and nominating and/or qualifying (no party affiliation) petition forms can be picked up in person at the City Clerk’s Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday, December 4, 2020. Please call the City Clerk at 734.374.1475 for more information.
- What are Citizen-Initiated City Charter Amendments and Ordinance Initiatives?
- Do organizers have to create their own petitions?
- Are there specific rules regarding who may sign a petition?
- Are there rules for circulators?
- How do I file a citizen-initiated Charter Amendment or Ordinance Initiative?
- What are the requirements to file a Citizen-Initiated City Charter Amendment?
- Where are signatures checked?
- How long are Charter Amendment signatures valid once collected?
- When do Citizen-Initiated City Charter Amendments and Citizen-Initiated Ordinances petitions need to be submitted before appearing on the ballot?
- How long does it take to certify a Citizen-Initiated Petition?
- Will supplemental filings be accepted if additional signatures are determined to be needed after the filing is checked against the QVF?
- How quickly will supplemental filings be checked?
- What are the signature requirements for Citizen-Initiated Ordinances?
Important Dates and Timelines
- Certification to the County Clerk: 12th Tuesday before Election Day.
- Legal Filing Deadline for Citizen-initiated petition: 2 weeks prior to 12th Tuesday.
- Requested Filing Deadline to Ensure Certification for UPCOMING Election: 45 days prior to 12th Tuesday before Election Day.
Candidates and persons acting on their behalf are reminded that they are subject to provisions of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. This law requires filing of various financial reports with the Wayne County Clerk. Candidates are advised to check with the Wayne County Clerk regarding required reporting and deadlines.