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Running For Office

The city of Aurora is divided into six (6) wards that contain approximately the same number of residents. City Council consists of eleven (11) members: Six (6) ward members who represent a specific ward, four (4) at-large members who represent the entire city, and one (1) elected at large specifically for the office of the mayor.

The mayor and council members serve staggered four-year terms. The terms begin at the commencement of the first regular council meeting in December after the election for the specific office. Elections for municipal office are held on the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years.

Election Cycle 1: The mayor, two (2) at-large council members, and council members for wards IV, V, and VI. Upcoming election year: 2023

Election Cycle 2: Two at-large council members, and council members for wards I, II, and III. Upcoming election year: 2025

Qualifications for Municipal Office

People wishing to serve as an Aurora elected official must meet the following requirements outlined in the City Charter:

  • Registered elector

  • Citizen of the United States

  • 21 years of age

  • Resident of Aurora for at least one year preceding the date of the election

  • If elected from a ward, a one-year resident and registered elector of that ward

A person who has been convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, perjury, solicitation of bribery or subornation of perjury is not eligible to become a candidate or hold elective office. No councilmember shall hold any other elective public office or be a salaried employee of the City of Aurora.

What ward do you reside in?  City of Aurora Ward Map
Which county do you reside in?  City of Aurora Political Districts Map 

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Nomination Petitions

Candidates for office are nominated, without regard to political party affiliation, by petitions forms supplied by the city Clerk. A candidate can only circulate a petition for one office. Petitions may be circulated and signed beginning on the 90th day and ending on the 70th day prior to the date of the election.

Mayor and At-Large Council Member Requirements

A minimum of one hundred (100) signatures of registered electors residing anywhere within the city of Aurora. A registered elector may sign no more than TWO at-large candidate petitions.

City Council Ward Requirements

A minimum of fifty (50) signatures of registered electors residing within their ward. A registered elector may sign only ONE ward candidate petition.

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Political Signs & Advertisements

Signs are regulated in a content-neutral manner to be consistent with the U.S. and Colorado Constitution, laws, and court decisions. Please examine Chapter 146-4 of the Unified Development Ordinance to make sure your signs are in compliance
with the provisions of the UDO.

Section 54-104.5 of the City Code outlines the provisions for disclaimers for political advertisements.

Electioneering is prohibited from taking place inside a polling location, within 100 feet of any building in which a polling location is located, and within 100 feet of a drop-box, pursuant to C.R.S. Section 1-13-714. Any political signs in violation of this state statute will be removed.

Campaign Finance Reporting

Candidates are required to understand and comply with the campaign finance regulations adopted by City Council.  Refer to the Campaign Finance portion of the website for additional information and to report your campaign finances.

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