Local Government & the Democratic Process
General municipal elections are held in November of even-numbered years. The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.
Members of the City Council are currently elected at-large to serve the entire community rather than by district. The Mayor is directly elected to a two-year term and the four City Council members are elected to four-year staggered terms.
Dublin voters will participate in the first district-based election in November 2024, when two City Council seats will be up for election in Districts 1 and 3. The Mayor's seat will also be up for election citywide. The City Council established a district-based elections system via Ordinance 10-22 on September 6, 2022. More information about the process can be found on the District Elections webpage.
Candidate Requirements / Information
Starting in 2024, anyone who is 18 years of age and is a resident and registered voter in Dublin may run for Mayor. Candidates for City Council must be a Dublin resident and registered or living in the district for the seat in which they are seeking.
In lieu of a filing fee, potential candidates are required to gather 20 signatures of registered voters on a supplied nomination form. For candidates for Mayor, the signatures must be registered within Dublin. Candidates for City Council must gather signatures of registered voters within their district.
Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which goes to all registered voters, must pay their prorated share of the publishing/printing costs. This typically runs approximately $500 per candidate.
Note: Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period. Candidates cannot accept more than $500 in campaign contributions from a single source.
In November 1996, voters in Dublin established term limits, which generally state that no one may serve more than eight consecutive years in any combination of positions on the City Council.