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Eligibility & Campaign Contribution

City Council Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to file for candidacy for the Kirkland City Council, you must be a registered voter at the time of filing (with King County Elections) and have lived in Kirkland city limits for at least one year prior to the election.

Campaign Contribution Limits
The Kirkland City Council approved Ordinance No. 4190 (PDF) which sets dollar limits on  the size of contributions a Kirkland City Council candidate may receive during an election cycle.  The Ordinance is codified as Kirkland Municipal Code Chapter 3.12 and relies largely on the relevant definitions found in state law and on the interpretations of these definitions provided by rule or order of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Effective June 1, 2010, state campaign contribution limits now apply to City Council candidates. For information, visit the PDC website or call toll free 1-877-601-2828.

Common questions about Ordinance No. 4190 are listed below:

Are there limits on the acceptance of contributions by Kirkland City Council candidates?
Yes there are limits.  As of January 2012, a City Council candidate may not accept a contribution of more than $900 from any person (individual, business, or corporation).  The $900 limit is in effect through the 2013 Election Cycle.

The contribution limit is the same as that established by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) for King County office candidates.  From time to time, the PDC will adjust the limits.  To see the current contribution limit set by the PDC, visit the PDC website.

With State and Federal Elections, contribution limits apply separately to the primary and general elections.  Is it the same with the City?”
No, it is not the same.  The $900 limit applies to the entire election cycle, there is not a separate limit for the primary and another limit for the general.

What’s the Election Cycle?
The election cycle means the combination of the general or special and the primary election and begins on the date when an individual becomes a candidate and ends when the candidate files his or her final report pursuant to RCW 42.17.350.

Are there exceptions to the contribution limits?
Yes.  There are exceptions to the contributions dollar limit for: contributions from a candidate’s own resources; the value of volunteer services; and, with some limitations, surplus funds.  Please see Kirkland Municipal Code 3.12.040 (Ordinance No. 4190) (PDF).

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