Filing Petitions

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.

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.

Pimary Elections

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.

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.

Campaign Finance

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.