Welcome to the City of Topeka Municipal Election page. The next scheduled city election is in November 2021 for the mayor and council districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The term of office will run 4 years: January 2022 to January 2025.
The following information is provided to guide potential candidates through the election process.
The City of Topeka Governing Body consists of the Mayor and nine members of the City Council. All City of Topeka elected officials serve four-year terms, including the Mayor. Elections for City Councilmembers are staggered, with five Councilmembers elected at one time and four Councilmembers elected two years later. There is no limit on the number of terms for elected officials. The annual salary for a member of the Council is $20,000 and the annual salary for Office of the Mayor is $40,000.
The Mayor is the chief elected officer of the city, responsible for providing leadership and taking issues to the people and marshalling public interest in and support for municipal activity. For more information on the responsibilities of the Mayor, visit the Mayor’s webpage or call 785-368-3895.
The City Council has a number of standing committees to review items of business and hear from interested parties. These committees are the Social Service Grants Committee, Policy and Finance Committee, Public Health and Safety Committee and Transient Guest Tax Committee. All members of the Governing Body serve on the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) Board. For more information on the responsibilities of the City Council, please visit the City Council webpage or contact the City Council office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-368-3710.
2021 Mayor and City Council Candidates
- Click here to view the Mayor Candidates
- Click here to view the City Council District Candidates
- 2021 City Candidates Guide
Applying For Office
The next scheduled city election is August 3, 2021 (Primary) and November 2, 2021 (General).
For additional information on filing requirements, you may:
- Visit the Shawnee County Election Commission webpage
- Contact the Shawnee County Election Office via email
- Call 785-251-5900
As a reminder:
- All candidates are required to file applicable forms at the Shawnee County Election Office, 3420 SW Van Buren Street, Topeka, Kansas.
- Except for petitions being filed in lieu of paying the $20 filing fee; DO NOT SIGN Candidate forms before you submit them to the Shawnee County Election Commission Office. Some forms require applicant signatures to be attested by a Shawnee County Election Officer.
- The Shawnee County Election Office only accepts cash or checks (no credit cards)
File Declaration of Intent With Fee
Submit $70 (payable to Shawnee County Election Office) along with a completed Declaration of Intent form to the Shawnee County Election Office. (The total fee consists of a $20 Shawnee County Elections filing fee and a $50 Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fee.)
File by Nomination Petition
In lieu of paying the $20 Shawnee County Elections fee, candidates may choose to complete the Nomination Petition Form and file it with the Shawnee County Election Commissioner along with the $50 Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fee. Petition must be signed by 50 qualified electors of the council district.
Placement of Political Signs
There are no ballot measures to be considered at this time. The current Citywide Half Cent Sales Tax was approved by voters on April 7, 2009. The approval authorized an additional half-cent sales tax that commenced on October 1, 2009 and expired on October 1, 2019. On July 17, 2018, Resolution No. 9032 was approved authorizing the Governing Body to submit to the qualified electors of the City, the question of levying an additional special purpose retailers’ sales tax in the City for the purpose of paying the costs of certain improvements within the City.
The amount of the additional special purpose retailers’ sales tax shall be five-tenths of one percent (0.5%), with the tax taking effect on October 1, 2019 and expiring on October 1, 2029. A special question election was held in the manner prescribed by law at the general election on November 6, 2018, and the following proposition was approved by voters:
Shall the City of Topeka levy an additional retailers’ sales tax in the amount of five-tenths of one percent (0.5%) to be used exclusively for costs of maintenance and improvements of existing City streets, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, alleys and street lighting, provided such tax shall take effect on October 1, 2019 and expire on October 1, 2029?
For the purpose of this resolution, maintenance shall not include snow removal expenses, unless specifically authorized by the Governing Body.