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Interested in Running for Local Office


Interested in Running for Local Office

Please contact the City Clerk's Office for further information at 248.435.4500 ext. 116 or 118. Original petition signature forms are not available online and can be obtained directly from Oakland County Elections Division or the City Clerk's Office.

Elections for Clawson City Council are held in November of every odd-numbered year. The next Council election is November 2, 2021. 

The candidate filing deadline for the November 2, 2021 election is 4PM on July 20, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding how to run for City Council or Mayor in the upcoming election please contact the City Clerk's Office at 248.435.4500 ext. 116 or 118. You can pick up packets during normal business hours.

City Candidates 2021 Filing Requirements for the
City General Election – November 2, 2021

Nominations for the following City officers will be accepted until Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. at the City of Clawson office of the City Clerk, 425 N. Main Street, Clawson MI 48017, 248-435-4500 ext. 116 or 118.  In accordance with MCL 168.644e as amended under PA 276 of 2012 all city level candidate filing deadlines are now governed under State law.


  • Mayor – vote for one – two year term - term to expire 11/13/2023
  • Council – vote for two – four year terms - term to expire 11/10/2025

Qualifications – City Charter:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A registered elector of the City of Clawson

What to File:

  • Affidavit of Identity
  • Affidavit of Eligibility for Office
  • Non-Partisan City Nominating petitions containing not less that twenty-five (25) nor more than fifty (50) registered electors of the City of Clawson

When to File:

  • Deadline is no later than 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Withdrawal Deadline:

  • By 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021

Campaign Finance:

  • All candidates are required to have or create a Candidate Committee.  New candidates must complete the Statement of Organization and file with the Oakland County Clerk within 20 days of becoming a candidate. It is your responsibility to contact the County Clerk at 248-858-0563 to determine what requirements you may be subject to regarding campaign finance. You should do this prior to filing for office, expending money, advertising, or placing signs in support of your campaign to avoid any possible fines.

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