Declaration of Candidacy

Note: Declaration of Candidacy Packets will not be available until July 31, 2023

 

The following are available for elective office: 

FOUR two-year terms for the Bethel City Council

 

Declaration of Candidacy Filing Period

The City Clerk's Office will accept Declaration of Candidacy Packets between August 7, at 8:00a to August 21, at 12:00p. 

 

Declaration of Candidacy Filing Packets

The City of Bethel Declaration of Candidacy Filing Packets  are now available: Declaration of Candidacy Filing Packet

Printed copies of the Declaration of Candidacy packets will be available at City Hall 300 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.

 

The City of Bethel Declaration of Candidacy Application include submission confirmation of the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) forms required by the State of Alaska. For reference these APOC forms should be completed through your MyAlaska account online. More information on these forms is available below under the title Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) Requirements.

 

Filing Your Declaration of Candidacy/Write-In Candidacy 
During the time the candidate filing period is open, persons seeking elective office shall submit a Declaration of Candidacy Packet to the Office of the City Clerk, 300 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway

 
This packet includes the following City forms: 

Declaration of Candidacy Application- Paper submission with original signature required. 
Candidate Withdrawal Request- Only applicable if you have submitted a Declaration of Candidacy Application but no longer wish to run for City Council. 
Report of Financial and Business Interest Form-May be submitted electronically or in paper form. 

 

Qualifications 
To be eligible to run for elective office the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Qualified voter of the State of Alaska
  • Has resided within the city of Bethel for at least one year immediately preceding filing for office
  • Is at least 18 years of age. 

 

How do I file as a write-in candidate?

Click here for the Write-in Candidacy Packet 

If you did not file for office during the candidate filing period, you may file as a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate for a City Election must file a Declaration of Candidacy with the City Clerk in accordance with BMC 7.30.030. A Letter of Intent may be filed beginning on the first business day following the last day of the candidate filing period and until 5 p.m. five days before the election. Thank you for your interest in serving the City of Bethel. For the upcoming October 3, 2023, Regular City Election, the candidacy filing period will close at 12:00 noon on August 21,2023.


Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) Requirements
A Declaration of Candidacy Application must include confirmation that the forms required by APOC have been filed online. Please go to the Alaska Public Offices Commission website, click on the APOC Forms Online Filing System to be taken to MyAlaska
For more information on the filling requirements set out in Alaska Statutes, please contact APOC, 907-276-4176, Toll free (800) 478-4176; by email: apoc@alaska.gov, or go online to APOC Candidate Forms.

The forms you should review/complete are:

Municipal Letter of Intent
Municipal Candidate Registration-Read the instructions carefully, this form may not be required under some conditions. 
Municipal Exemption Statement -Read the instructions carefully, this form may not be required under some conditions. 
If you are interested in running for City Council but missed the deadline for submission of your Declaration of Candidacy Packet, you may file a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy Packet.  
The Declaration of Write-In Candidacy Packet would need to be submitted to City Clerk's Office not sooner than one day following the Declaration of Candidacy filing period close but not later than 5:00 p.m. five days in advance of the Election.

 
Council Meeting Information.
The Bethel City Council meets on the second and forth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethel City Council Chambers. Special City Council meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis, and may be held during the work day.

 


 
How do I file for office? 
During the time the candidate filing period is open, persons seeking elected office shall submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form/Packet to the Office of the City Clerk. If a candidate chooses to withdraw from candidacy, the withdrawal must be submitted, in writing, to the Office of the City Clerk by the deadline for submissions of the Declaration of Candidacy. 

What if I don't file my Declaration of Candidacy packet by the deadline? 
You can complete a Declaration for a Write-in Candidate which can be turned into the City Clerk's office along with the Financial Disclosure and Alaska Public Offices Commission forms not later than 5:00 p.m. five days in advance of the election day. 

Are Declaration of Candidacy packets available for pick up prior to the opening of the filing period? 
Yes. Five days in advance of the filing period an electronic Candidate Filing Packet will be available online; a paper copy will also be available for pick-up at the Office of the City Clerk.  

Once I have my Declaration of Candidacy complete, may I file it via fax? 
No. The Declaration of Candidacy form shall be submitted to the City Clerk, in original form and shall not be submitted by facsimile or electronically.

What do I bring with me when I file for office?
Prior to the candidate filing period deadline, bring the City Clerk: your completed Declaration of Candidacy form; a copy of your Financial Disclosure Statement which is included in the Declaration of Candidacy packet; identification if you need a Notary Public and the three dollar filing fee. 

The City Clerk does not need a copy of your APOC campaign disclosure paperwork; you will file it directly with APOC.  

How will I know if my Declaration of Candidacy form has been accepted? 
When a Declaration of Candidacy form is filed with the City Clerk, staff will conduct a preliminary review. However, the City Clerk has four business days to complete a thorough review and either accept it, or notify the candidate of how it is deficient. In either case the candidate will be notified in writing. 

When will the final count of the election be held? 
The Canvass Board meets on the Thursday immediately following the election to judge the validity of absentee, questioned ballots. After the Canvass Board is complete with their count, the City Council will certify the election during the regular meeting following the Election.

When are the newly-elected officials sworn into office?
City Council Members are sworn into office at the City Council meeting following the certification of election. 

When are City Council Meetings held? 
Regular meetings of the Bethel City Council are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethel City Council Chambers. Special City Council meetings are scheduled on an as needed basis, and may be held during the work day.

Are elected officials compensated for their service?
No, elected officials are not compensated for their service. 

How do I file as a write-in candidate?
If you did not file for office during the candidate filing period, you may file as a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate for a City Election must file a Write-In Declaration of Candidacy with the City Clerk in accordance with BMC 7.30.030. A Letter of Intent may be filed beginning on the first business day following the last day of the candidate filing period and until 5 p.m. five days before the election. 

When are regular city elections held and how are they conducted? 
Regular elections in the City of Bethel are held annually on the first Tuesday of October. Elections are administered by the Office of the Bethel City Clerk in accordance with Bethel Municipal Code Title 7, Elections. 

More questions? 
Contact the Office of the City Clerk. 

cityclerk@cityofbethel.net
907-543-1384