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Are you interested in becoming Mayor or Ridley Park or serving on Ridley Park Borough Council? Any registered voter and citizen of Ridley Park is eligible to run. If you want to run for a seat on Borough Council or for the position of Mayor, here are the legal steps you'll need to follow so voters can see your name on the official ballot in the primary election on May 21, 2013 and how voters can cast their vote for you.
The first task is to obtain blank copies of the two forms you'll need: "Nominating Petitions" and "Candidate's Statement of Financial Interests." These are available to all candidates in early February from the Delaware County Bureau of Elections, at the Government Center at Front and Orange Streets in Media. (610.891.4120). To be listed on the May 21 primary election ballot, each candidate must return their "Nominating Petitions" to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections office BY MARCH 12, 2013 with a minimum of 10 signatures of registered Ridley Park Borough voters.
Your 10 signatures must be from the same party as the person circulating your petition. So Republicans must get Republicans to sign their petition and Democrats must have only Democrats sign their petition. Anyone who is a registered voter in Ridley Park can sign your petition; your family and friends included. To get 10 valid signatures prospective candidates should always acquire 15 or 20 signatures instead of the minimum 10. The reason for the extra signatures is that errors occur all the time and signature petitions are highly scrutinized. For instance, each voter on your petition must print and sign their names exactly as they are registered in the voter record. Often times voters forget a middle initial, they abbreviate their name, of they forget the suffix at the end of their name. In every instance a minimum of 10 signatures must be 100% exactly like the voter record. The very best ways to avoid errors are to check voter registration cards, or get a valid list of registered voters from a RP committee person, or from the Delaware County Bureau of Elections and compare signatures one by one.
Family and friends who assist you to circulate and collect your necessary signatures should remember that each petition circulator must have their signature notarized after they have collected all the signatures for their candidate.
Along with the candidate's signatures on the "Nominating Petition" each candidate also completes and submits the "Candidate's Statement of Financial Interests" by March 12. One copy must be attached to the nominating petition. The original statement is filed with the Ridley Park Borough Manager.
Future blogs will invite comments on how to campaign for office after you are certified as a candidate. Meanwhile, keep track of all donations and expenses for the campaign. Candidates must file finance reports.