Mayor and three City Council seats

The City of West Melbourne will be conducting its General Election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.  The Mayor and Council Members will take office following the certification of the election at the first scheduled meeting following the election. 

The candidate for Mayor with the highest number of votes and the three candidates for Council receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared the winners upon certification of the vote by City Council.  Terms of offices are four years, through November of 2028.

Qualifications – All candidates shall be qualified electors who are residents of the City of West Melbourne for at least one year prior to the date of qualifying to run for City office and registered to vote.

Nominating Petitions – Every candidate for elective office shall file with the City Clerk a petition signed by not less than 75 qualified electors of the city. Extra signatures should be obtained in the event some signers are not qualified.

Qualifying Fee – $25. In addition, the State of Florida Department of State requires an assessment of one percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office being sought. The Mayor’s annual salary is $12,353.04 which equates to a $123.53 assessment and a total fee of $148.53.  The Council’s annual salary is $10,980.48 which equates to a $109.80 assessment and a total fee of $134.80.  [Florida Statutes 99.093(1)]  

Note:   Council salaries are adjusted annually in March and will modify the amount of the qualifying fee. 

Qualifying Period – Thursday, August 1, 2024 at 12 noon through Thursday, August 15, 2024 at 12 noon. Candidates shall file qualifying papers with the City Clerk. Qualifying papers consist of oath of candidate, qualifying fee and nominating petitions, etc. 

A candidate may announce their candidacy prior to officially qualifying. However, no campaign funds may be collected or disbursed until the candidate has named a treasurer and depository and filed the appropriate form with the City Clerk.

State law requires candidates for municipal office to comply with state regulations and accounting instructions for candidates and committees as set forth in Florida Statutes.