On Wednesday evening, Hyde Park officials will hold a nominating convention for this year’s municipal election.
Three at-large City Council seats will be on the ballot in November. Individuals interested in running for these seats must be nominated during Wednesday’s convention.
“It is a quirky system,” said Mayor Sharidean Flint. “But … if the citizens of Hyde Park come, it gives them a chance to be right there and see who is actually running. It gives them a chance to meet the candidates right off the bat.”
The convention will be from 7-9 p.m. in the Hyde Park City offices, 113 E. Center St. During this time, individuals can nominate themselves or others to run for City Council.
If more than six individuals are nominated, there will be a vote during the meeting to select six candidates for the general election ballot. All registered voters who live in Hyde Park may vote during the meeting. No ID or proof of voter registration is required.
If four to six candidates are selected during the convention, all names will go to the Nov. 5 ballot. If three candidates are selected, there will be no general election.
Individuals interested in running for a council seat must be over 18 years old and U.S. citizens. They must be registered to vote in Hyde Park and have lived in the city since at least Nov. 5, 2018. They may not be a convicted felon.
Candidates selected during the nominating convention must file a declaration of candidacy in person with the Hyde Park city recorder.
Declaration must happen between June 1-7, during regular Hyde Park city office hours, Monday- Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Declaration of candidacy forms are available at the Hyde Park City offices.