Nominating Petitions For City Council Elections

September 6, 2018

In April, 2018, the City of Centralia will conduct an election to select a Mayor and two City Council Members. Petition forms and information will be available in the City Clerk’s Office beginning August 28, 2018.

This election will be for the seats currently held by Tom Ashby, Mayor; Council Members William “Bill” Smith and David Sauer. They are all 4 year terms.

Candidates may begin circulating the petitions sheets on August 28th. Signed nominating petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office during the statutory filing period of Monday, November 19th until Monday, November 26th at 5:00 p.m. Ballot placement is determined by the order of submission in the Clerk’s office. If more than one person is in line to file at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19th a lottery will be conducted to determine ballot position for those individuals. Also, petitions received in the mail on November 19th will be considered the same as being filed at 7:30 a.m. and would be eligible for the lottery to determine ballot placement. Also, those candidates filing simultaneously in the last hour on November 26th will be included in a lottery drawing to determine the final ballot position.

If five (5) or more candidates file for the Mayor’s seat or nine (9) or more candidates file for the two (2), four-year term Council positions, a Primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The successful candidates will be seated at the first regular or special meeting in May 2019. The City Clerk’s Office is located at Centralia City Hall, 101 S. Locust, Centralia. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In accordance with State Law, this office will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 26th to accept petitions. The Candidate Guide is available on the State Board of Elections website at All candidates should consult the guide and are advised to obtain legal counsel regarding their qualifications for office and how to correctly circulate, complete and file their petitions.

Any questions regarding this election may be directed to the City Clerk, Kim Enke at 533-7625 or by e-mail at