May 17, 2022 Primary Election Information Available
September 9, 2021, is the first day you can file to run for office in the City of Salem for the May 17, 2022, primary election. City offices that are up for reelection in 2022 are:
- City Councilors for Wards 2,4, 6, and 8
- Municipal Court Judge
If you are interested in running for any of these offices, you are encouraged to set up an appointment to review important filing deadlines, paperwork, and process questions with the City Recorder. To schedule an appointment, contact the City Recorder by email or by phone.
March 8, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.
These three documents must be filed with the City Recorder's office:
March 9, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
Last day to file Candidate's Statement for inclusion in the voter's pamphlet with Marion County Elections
March 11, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
Last day to withdraw a completed nomination petition
How to file
Please review these important instructions for filing for office. Forms are available from the Secretary of State's Election Division.
How to withdraw
To withdraw from candidacy or nomination, a candidate must file a Withdrawal of Candidacy of Nomination (Form SEL 150) with the City Recorder or designee. This form must be filed no later than March 8, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., otherwise the candidate's name will be printed on the ballot.
The City of Salem has regulations regarding signs. Before displaying political advertisement signs or distributing leaflets or handbills, please read the guidelines carefully.
Political signs are considered "temporary signs" in the Salem Sign Code. Such signs must meet the standards specified in Salem Revised Code Chapter 900.
You must also obtain permission from the property owner or resident before placing any signs on private property.
Adhering to the sign code will make your campaign more effective, lessen criticism of your signs, and maintain the neat and attractive appearance of our community. Contact Planning Services for more information about signs.
Redistricting is not completed due to the delay by the Census Bureau. We hope for resolution by the end of the year, but it is very possible that it will take until February for the Legislature or Secretary of State's Office to draw new maps.
Redistricting may change precincts and/or the representative districts.
If a candidate files the SEL101 and districts change, an amended filing would be required.