Candidate filing forms will be accepted by the Johnson County Election Office beginning Tuesday, January 3.
The next city election will be held in 2017.
Term of Office:
Councilmembers serve four-year terms. The city has six wards, with two councilmembers elected from each ward on staggered terms. The Mayor serves a four-year term.
Open Positions - 2017 Election:
If required, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 1. A primary election will be held for any office for which more than two people have filed. The two top vote getters in the primary election shall move on to the general election.
The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7.
Filing for office
All candidates for Overland Park City Council must complete the required filing forms at Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061.
Forms that must be completed and submitted include:
- Candidate's Declaration of Intention
- Statement of Substantial Interests for Local Office - to be completed and returned no later than 10 days after filing deadline.
The filing deadline is at noon Tuesday, June 1.
Qualifications to File for Office:
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must be a resident of Overland Park at the time of filing for election.
- You must be registered to vote and be a resident in the ward for which you are filing at the time of filing for election.
- If elected, you must continue to reside in the ward thereafter for the duration of the term unless removal from the ward is the result of reapportionment.
First class cities collect a nonrefundable $20 filing fee and a nonrefundable $50 fee for support of the State Governmental Ethics Commission, in two separate checks.
- $20 - Payable to the Johnson County Election Commissioner; and
- $50 - Payable to the City, which will be forwarded to the State Treasurer's Office.
Candidates may also file by petition per K.S.A. 25-2110a, Subsection C: Petition signed by 100 qualified electors of the ward or by a number of such qualified electors of the ward equal to not less than 1 percent of the ballots cast in the ward at the last General City Election, whichever is less.
City candidates filing by petition must also pay the $50 fee for support of the Kansas State Governmental Ethics Commission.