There's Still Time to File

City of Great Falls Montana


DATE:  June 14, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417


GREAT FALLS, Montana – There is still time for Great Falls residents to get involved in their local government by filing to run for office. A municipal mail ballot election will be held this year for the selection of one (1) Mayor for a two-year term, two (2) City Commissioners for four-year terms, one (1) City Commissioner for a two-year term, and forty-five (45) Neighborhood Council representatives consisting of five representatives in each of the nine districts for two-year terms.

Qualified electors interested in filing can do so through June 27, 2013, by completing a Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy form at the Cascade County Election Office (325 2nd Ave N).

The fees to file are $56 for Mayor, $37 for Commissioner and $0 for Neighborhood Council. If the Cascade County Election Administrator determines that a primary election needs to be held, the Primary Election will take place on September 10, 2013, and the General Election will be held on November 5, 2013.

In 1996, a Local Government Study Commission recommended the formation of Neighborhood Councils in Great Falls to provide opportunities for citizen involvement in City government. The proposal was placed on the ballot and it was approved. Since that time, Neighborhood Councils have operated in an advisory capacity and as liaisons to City staff, the City Commission and residents.  Council meetings take place monthly. 

The City of Great Falls operates under the Commission-Manager form of government and the Commission serves as the City's legislative and policy-making body. The City Commission employs the City Manager who directs the day to day operations of the City. City Commission meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month.

For more information about the upcoming 2013 Municipal Election contact Lisa Kunz, City Clerk at 455-8451, Patty Cadwell, Neighborhood Council Coordinator at 455-8496, or the Cascade County Election Office at 454-6803.