• Only the registered voters of the city who have resided in the city for at least six (6) months immediately prior to the date of election shall be eligible to hold the office of council member or mayor (City Charter Section 2.02). Candidates for District seats must reside within the district (City Charter Section 6.01).
  • The terms of council members shall be four (4) years beginning no later than whichever day the City Council meets during the third week of May following the official canvass of any final council or mayoral election, whichever is later, and shall continue until a successor has been elected and takes office. No council member may serve more than two (2) full or partial terms consecutively, unless a partial term was for 50 percent or less of the full term then the council member may serve an additional two full terms; however, a council member may immediately thereafter be eligible to be a candidate for mayor. The two consecutive term limit shall apply regardless of whether a council member has served as a district or an at large council member or both. (City Charter Section 2.02)


  • Candidates shall run for office without party designation and shall declare whether seeking an at-large or district seat.
  • No person shall be eligible to run for elective municipal office unless a nominating petition is first filed.
  • The at-large council candidate nominating petitions shall be signed by not less than 200 registered voters of the City.
  • The council district nominating petitions shall be signed by not less than 50 registered voters of the council district.
  • The earliest date to circulate and to file a “Nominating Petition for Municipal Election” is January 31, 2020.
  • The deadline for filing a “Nominating Petition for Municipal Election” is by 5 p.m. on February 28, 2020. This is also the deadline for submission of a written request to withdraw candidate’s name from nomination.

See City Charter Section 6.01 and Administrative Rules of South Dakota Chapter 5:02:08, Petitions



Nominating Petition for Municipal Election
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