2021 City Election Information

City Election General Information

City elections in Iowa are non-partisan. All races in the cities of Denver, Frederika, Janesville, Plainfield, Readlyn, Sumner and Tripoli are determined by simple majority. The City of Waverly has a Runoff Election provision. This means if a candidate does not receive a simple majority (one vote more than 50%) for an office, a runoff must be held between the two highest vote getters.


 To run for office, eligible electors must collect signatures on Nomination Petition(s) and file it along with an Affidavit of Candidacy in the correct office during the filing period.   Candidates may collect signatures at any time before the filing period ends.

  • The Affidavit of Candidacy MUST indicate whether or not it is to fill a vacancy.
  • The Nomination Petition MUST designate either At-Large or a specific District before eligible electors sign the petitions.
  • If Nomination Petition is for a District or Ward position, the signatures must be from eligible electors who live in that district or ward.

Click on the links below to obtain the forms to run for Mayor, City Council or Hospital Trustee. Forms are also available in the County Auditor’s Office.

Affidavit of Candidacy 

Nomination Petition for Non-Partisan Offices 

Candidate’s Guide for City Elections

The filing dates for the November 2, 2021 City/School Election are: 

  • First day to file: Monday, August 23, 2021.
  • Last day to file: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM.


Location to file Candidate Nomination Papers for a CITY office:

Denver – Bremer County Auditor

Frederika – Bremer County Auditor

Janesville – Bremer County Auditor

Plainfield – Bremer County Auditor

Readlyn – Bremer County Auditor

Sumner – Sumner City Clerk

Tripoli – Bremer County Auditor

Waverly – Bremer County Auditor


Nomination Petition signature requirements for city offices in Bremer County on the November 2, 2021 ballot are as follow:                                                                                                                                             

CITY              Minimum #                                                             
                       Mayor           Council                                                         
Denver         10                   10                                                      
Frederika    10                   10                                                      
Janesville    10                   10                                                      
Plainfield     10                   10                                                      
Readlyn        10                   10                                                      
Sumner         10                   10                                                      
Tripoli            10                   10                                                      
Waverly      Minimum #                                                             
Mayor                     53                  
Ward 1                   10      
Ward 3                   10      
Ward 5                   11
At Large                 53      
Hospital Trustee     38      



For information about candidates’ ethics and campaign filing responsibilities and deadlines, please contact the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board at 515-281-4028 orwww.iowa.gov/ethics.

Federal Candidates: For information about financial disclosure requirements, please contact the Federal Election Commission at www.fec.gov or 1-800-424-9530.