Trenton City Council

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for Trenton City Council are elected in odd year General Elections.
  • Trenton City Council members are elected at-large (city-wide).
  • There are seven at-large city council seats.
    • Four at-large seats are on the ballot in 2021.
    • Three at-large seats are on the ballot in 2023.
  • Each term is 4 years. (R.C. 733.09)
  • Each term begins on January 1st following the election. (R.C. 733.09)

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What are the requirements to run for Trenton City Council?

Candidates for this position must:

  • Live within Trenton City and qualified elector for at least one continuous year prior to the election (City Charter § 2.02)
  • Be a registered elector of Trenton City
  • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)

How do I run for Trenton City Council?

  1. Complete petition form 3-O.  (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2" x 14" paper)
  2. Required signatures. (T.C.C. Art. IIX §6)
    • Collect between 25 and 50 signatures.
    • File petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the General election. (R.C. 3513.251, 3513.261)
  3. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $45.00. (R.C. 3513.10, 3513.261)

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds, must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Butler County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

Non-incumbent candidates must file with the Ohio Ethics Commission no later than thirty days before the general election. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))  Incumbent candidates must file by May 15th.  (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(a)).

Call Candidate and Ballot Services at 513-887-3700, ext. 3 with any questions or for more information.