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There shall be no primary election for a municipal office unless the number of persons filing nomination petitions exceeds one (1) more than two (2) times the number of offices available for nomination. For the office of Mayor, there shall be no primary election unless four (4) or more persons file nominating petitions.
For the office of Council At-large, if there are three (3) offices available, there shall be no primary election unless eight (8) or more persons file a nominating petition. For the office of Ward Council Member, there shall be no primary election for such ward unless four (4) or more persons file a nominating petition for such ward. For purposes of this provision effecting the necessity of a primary election, the term “nominating petition” shall include only those petition and nomination papers, which the Board of Elections have reviewed, examined, and certified as to their sufficiency and validity.
In the event it is necessary to hold a primary election, such nonpartisan primary election shall be held in the Municipality on the eighth Tuesday prior to such Municipal election. Those persons receiving the highest vote totals, and equal in number to twice the number of offices for which such election is held, shall be designated candidates for such office, subject to applicable provisions of this Charter.
(Amended November 4, 2008; November 8, 2016)