City Elections

2022 City Commission Elections

The City of Gainesville will hold elections in August 2022 for the Mayor At-Large seat and City Commission District 2 seat, City Commission District 3 seat and City Commission District 4 seat. Charter law (Ordinance No. 160876) changed the city elections to be held every other year in even numbered years to coincide with county and statewide elections and are administered by the Supervisor of Elections Office. This is a non-partisan election. For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 352-334-5015 or clerks@gainesvillefl.gov.

 

Election Information

Election Day

Election Day for the City of Gainesville election is Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Polling places are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day. If needed, the runoff date is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

What's on the ballot

  • Gainesville Mayor, At-Large
  • Gainesville City Commission, District 2
  • Gainesville City Commission, District 3 
  • Gainesville City Commission, District 4

The at-large races may be voted on by all registered voters living within Gainesville city limits. District races may be voted on by all registered voters living within that specific district.

Vote-By-Mail

Vote-by-mail by requesting a vote-by-mail ballot. 

Early Voting

Dates and times

Saturday, August 13 to Saturday, August 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Locations

  • Supervisor of Elections Office: 515 N. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Millhopper Branch Library: 3145 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606
  • Tower Road Branch Library: 3020 SW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Orange Heights Baptist Church:16700 FL-26, Hawthorne, FL 32640
  • Legacy Park Multipurpose Center: 15400 Peggy Rd, Alachua, FL 32615
  • J. Wayne Reitz Union: 655 Reitz Union Drive, UF Campus, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center: 23100 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669

Precinct Voting

Voting at your polling place on Election Day is easy. Remember to bring picture and signature identification. For more information on the types of identification accepted at the polls, view Accepted Types of Identification. You can find which precinct you are assigned to vote at by looking at your Voter Information Card. For more information, view Alachua County Precincts & Polling Places.

Sample Ballots

Sample ballots will be available closer to the election. Please check back.

Canvassing Board

For the Canvassing Board schedule, please view Canvassing Board Meetings(PDF, 108KB).

Financial Reports

For submitted financial reports, please view Financial Report Information

 

 

Candidate Information

Step 1.Requirements

Gainesville Commission Mayor At-Large The At-Large Commissioner is elected by the electors of the City of Gainesville to serve a 4 -year term.   Each candidate for an At-Large seat must be a qualified voter who is a resident of the City for a period of not less than 6 months prior to the date the person qualifies to run for office. The person elected to an At-Large seat shall continuously reside in the City during the term of office. The last dates to have moved into the City District to meet the residency requirement for the 2022 election would be between December 13, 2021 and December 17, 2021 depending on which day the candidate qualifies in 2022.

Gainesville City Commission - District 2, District 3 and District 4 If you are running for a District Seat, you will be elected by the electors of your District only. You will be elected to serve a 4 -year term. Each candidate for a District seat must be a qualified voter who is a resident of the District from which they seek to be elected for a period of not less than 6 months prior to the date they qualify to run for office. The person elected Commissioner shall continuously reside in that same City District during the term of office. The last dates to have moved into the City District to meet the residency requirement for the 2022 election would be between December 13, 2021 and December 17, 2021 depending on which day the candidate qualifies in 2022.

Find your district by using the City's interactive City Commission Districts Map.

Step 2.Become a Candidate

File to Run:

  • Appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository.
  • File your statement of candidate.
  • Submit a monthly Campaign Report stating your campaign activity to the Financial Reporting System.

     

Step 3.Qualify

  • Sign the Candidate Oath
  • File the Affidavit of Residency
  • Submit a Financial Disclosure form
  • Pay the Elections Assessment or submit an Undue Burden

Elections Assessment: 

The elections assessment for running for the At-Large seat or a City Commission District seat is 1% of the salary of the office as of the July 1 immediately preceding the qualifying period.

  • 2022 Commissioner fee is $370.85
  • 2022 Mayor At-Large fee is $471.99

Qualifying Dates:

Noon, Monday, June 13, 2022 – Noon, Friday, June 17, 2022

Omichele D. Gainey, Qualifying Officer

Qualifying Location: City Hall, 200 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601

Step 4.Election Dates 

Gainesville City Election: August 23, 2022

Run-Off Election (if needed): November 8, 2022

Step 5.Post Election

  • City Clerk's initial contact with newly elected officials 
  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Commissioner Onboarding
  • First Commission Meeting & Committee Assignments