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2.08.040 City Offices.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 177200 and 178799, effective November 5, 2004.)

A. All elective city offices shall be nonpartisan. Petitions or declarations of candidacy shall contain no reference to any political party affiliation. No reference to any political party affiliation shall be included in any notice, voters’ pamphlet, ballot or other elections publication concerning a city candidate.

B. The Mayor, Auditor and Commissioners shall be nominated and elected subject to provisions in Charter Section 2-206 and Charter Chapter 3, Article 1 concerning filling vacancies in office and provisions in Code Chapter 2.08.160 concerning absence of a nominee after the Primary Election. If a City candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for an office at the Primary Election, the candidate shall be elected. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the office at the Primary Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for that office shall appear on the General Election ballot. The candidate receiving the majority of votes cast at the General Election shall be elected. In case no nomination is made at the Primary Election, nominations may be made at the General Election, and any candidate receiving a majority of votes shall be deemed elected at the General Election.