How do I run for an elected City office? What resources are available?

Interested in running for an elected position? This page will help you find everything you need to know to run for office.

The Council and the Mayor are elected positions. In odd years you may pick up information at the City Clerk's office or at the Marshall County Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's office to run for the Marshalltown City Council. The seven Council positions are four-year staggered terms.

The next city election is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Open seats: At Large, Second Ward, and Fourth Ward.  Individuals desiring to run for a ward position must live in the ward at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election. 

Candidates must gather 25 "eligible" signatures and return the nomination papers and the Candidate's affidavit to the City Clerk, beginning Monday, August 26, 2019, and before 5 PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019. Papers may not be submitted outside of this time frame. Please refer to the Candidate's Guide for more information.

Current Council members and their terms

View our ward map.

Resources for elected officials:

State Auditor Mary Mosiman - video "Empowering City Elected Officials - A Guide from the Iowa Auditor of State" (The Marshalltown City Finance Director and staff handle financial matters for the City. The video prepared by the State Auditor pertains to the office of the city clerk in many of Iowa's small cities.)

Iowa Public Information Board: - Open Meetings - Open Records

Attorney General - Sunshine Advisories - Open Meetings  - Open Records

Iowa Code Chapter 400 / 2016 - Civil Service

Iowa League of Cities

Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board

Iowa Secretary of State

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1. How do I run for an elected City office? What resources are available?
2. Does the Council have a rules or policy manual?
3. Who is my council representative?
4. Where do I obtain a copy of the City Council agenda or meeting minutes?
5. Where can I find videos of the council meetings?
6. Who maintains the meeting schedule?
7. What is an Open Meeting?