Candidates file for office by submitting a prospective petition to the City Recorder’s office, and once the paperwork is approved in writing, collecting 25 valid signatures. Signatures are then verified, and if enough valid signatures are collected, you become an official candidate, with your name appearing on the ballot for the November 2022 election. Any money spent or collected for your campaign is reported electronically to the Secretary of State’s office through the ORESTAR system.
Dallas does not have districts or precincts; councilors serve the entire community at-large. Elections are non-partisan. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens, have lived within the Dallas city limits for 12 months prior to the date of the election, and be registered to vote.
The City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month, although if the meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting is moved to Tuesday of the same week. Workshops are typically held the first Monday of the month beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Councilors also serve as the Urban Renewal Agency, which holds meetings as necessary, typically immediately following the adjournment of a Council meeting. They also act as half of the Budget Committee and as liaisons to the standing Committees, advisory boards and commissions as assigned, and as regional representatives.
Prospective Petition Election forms are to be filed with the City Recorder’s office.
Please note the City’s deadlines differ from the state’s deadlines. We also strongly encourage you to set up an appointment to discuss filing deadlines, paperwork, and process questions.