Qualifications of Candidates for City Council

To be qualified to run for election as the council representative of a district, a candidate, in addition to all requirements of State Statutes and the City Charter, must reside within the defined boundaries of the district. To qualify, one must have been a resident and eligible voter in Mount Dora for no less than 12 consecutive months prior to filing for candidacy.

An elected office shall be filled by the candidate for the elected office receiving the majority of the vote.

District candidates shall be elected by the electors residing in the defined district from which the candidate is seeking election. At-large candidates and the Mayoral candidate shall be elected by all electors within the City.

At-Large Candidates

The seven-member City Council shall comprise four district representatives, two at-large representatives, and one mayor, who shall be elected at-large.

Election & Terms

All elections shall be held pursuant to the election laws of the State of Florida, as amended from time to time.

A general election shall be held each year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Special elections, other than those expressly provided for herein, may be called for by the City Council as the City Council, in its sole and absolute discretion, deems necessary.

The term of each City Council office, including the office of the mayor, shall be two years. However, all office holders shall continue in office until the office holder’s successor is appointed or sworn to office, unless the office holder’s office is declared vacant pursuant to the City Charter. All elected council members, including the mayor, shall assume office and be sworn in at the second regularly scheduled meeting of the November of their election.

The mayor, the district representatives of Districts 1 and 4, and the at-large odd representative shall be elected in odd-numbered years. The district representatives of Districts 2 and 3 and the at-large even representative shall be elected in even-numbered years.