You'd think that with a City Council Election coming up in March, the city website would mention that we are in the middle of the nomination period for candidates (Nov. 15 – Dec. 10). However, there is nothing on the front page of the city website under "Current News & Events." There is no mention of the nomination period on the Elections page in the City Council section. There is no mention on the "News & Announcement's" page for the City.
Hello? It makes you think that perhaps the purpose of the city's website is only to benefit the City Council incumbents' chances.
I'd like to share with the challengers some pointers that I experienced when I ran two years ago. If your sample ballot Candidate Statement (which you cannot change once filed) contains quote marks, you may be threatened with having it rejected. I quoted something from the city's website in mine. It's not listed in the guidelines, and the county clerk never heard of this restriction, but having quotes in the statement is one of those unwritten "secret" city rules.