Nomination Papers (Local Elections)

The City Election is held on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November in odd numbered years (November 7, 2017), to elect Councillors-At-Large, and one member of the City Council from each of the seven wards in the City, for terms of two years and the Mayor, for a term of four years. The City Election is also held to elect three members of the School Committee (elected at-large) to serve for four years.

During the early part of a city election year, the City Clerk establishes a calendar of election events which will indicate all deadlines established for taking out nomination papers, return of nomination papers, etc. for the election year.

To become a candidate for local office, you must be 18 years of age or older, and be a registered voter in the City of Salem. If you are planning to run for election as a Ward Councillor, you must be a registered voter in that particular ward.

Candidates must go to the City Clerk's Election Office (room 5) to take out nomination papers as of March 1, 2017, and obtain the required number of valid signatures of registered voters in order to be nominated. The signature requirements are as follows:

  • Mayor - 100 signatures plus 20%
  • Councillor-At-Large - 100 signatures plus 20%
  • School Committee - 100 signatures plus 20%
  • Ward Councillor - 25 signatures plus 20%

Nomination papers must be returned to the City Clerk's Election Office by Tuesday, July 25, 2017 the scheduled deadline for certification. All candidates for local public office will also be required to fully comply with the State Campaign Finance Laws regarding fund-raising activities.

Questions regarding nomination papers, running for public office, and campaign finance laws should be directed to the City Clerk's Election Office at (978) 745-9595 ext. 5617 or 5616.