Municiple office

Requirements to run for Mayor, Town Council

Requirements to run for…

… Mayor, Town Council or other Municipal Office

Running for municipal office, such as City Council, Mayor, or other Municipal Office, means engaging directly with the community to address local needs and improve the lives of residents in very tangible ways. The election process for these positions typically requires a deep understanding of local issues, a firm grasp of municipal governance, and a robust grassroots campaign strategy.

Maryland’s Municipalities

157 Towns and Cities

Maryland, a state known for its rich history and diverse landscapes, is home to 157 municipalities, each with its own unique character and governance. These municipalities range vastly in size and population, from quaint towns with fewer than 100 residents to bustling cities boasting populations over 500,000. This remarkable diversity is a testament to Maryland’s varied geographic and cultural landscape.

Maryland  home to 157 Municipalities
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The 157 Municipalities in Maryland

157 Municipalities

With Elections in All

The structure and process of these elections can vary significantly between municipalities. For instance, in some towns, mayors are elected directly by the citizens, while in others, they might be selected by council members. The size and composition of the councils themselves also differ, with some members elected at large and others representing specific wards or districts.

NameType[2]County(ies)[2]Population 2020
BaltimoreCity585708
FrederickCityFrederick78171
GaithersburgCityMontgomery69657
RockvilleCityMontgomery67117
BowieCityPrince George's58329
HagerstownCityWashington43527
AnnapolisCityAnne Arundel40812
College ParkCityPrince George's34740
SalisburyCityWicomico33050
LaurelCityPrince George's30060
GreenbeltCityPrince George's24921
HyattsvilleCityPrince George's21187
WestminsterCityCarroll20126
CumberlandCityAllegany19076
Takoma ParkCityMontgomery17629
EastonTownTalbot17101
AberdeenCityHarford16254
ElktonTownCecil15807
Havre de GraceCityHarford14807
New CarrolltonCityPrince George's13715
CambridgeCityDorchester13096
Bel AirTownHarford10661
La PlataTownCharles10159
BladensburgTownPrince George's9657
Mount AiryTownCarroll,ÿFrederick9654
Mount RainierCityPrince George's8333
BrunswickCityFrederick7762
Riverdale ParkTownPrince George's7351
TaneytownCityCarroll7234
FrostburgCityAllegany7027
Ocean CityTownWorcester6844
GlenardenCityPrince George's6402
Chesapeake BeachTownCalvert6356
HampsteadTownCarroll6241
ThurmontTownFrederick6213
CheverlyTownPrince George's6170
WalkersvilleTownFrederick6156
District HeightsCityPrince George's5959
PoolesvilleTownMontgomery5742
FruitlandCityWicomico5534
ChestertownTownKent5532
ManchesterTownCarroll5408
BerlinTownWorcester5026
MiddletownTownFrederick4943
Denton?TownCaroline4848
Centreville?TownQueen Anne's4727
Leonardtown?TownSt. Mary's4563
Seat PleasantCityPrince George's4522
PerryvilleTownCecil4391
SykesvilleTownCarroll4316
Pocomoke CityCityWorcester4295
North EastTownCecil4085
Capitol HeightsTownPrince George's4050
Indian HeadTownCharles3894
BrentwoodTownPrince George's3828
BoonsboroTownWashington3799
DelmarTownWicomico3798
Princess AnneTownSomerset3446
Berwyn HeightsTownPrince George's3345
SmithsburgTownWashington2977
Chevy ChaseTownMontgomery2904
FederalsburgTownCaroline2833
EmmitsburgTownFrederick2770
Rising SunTownCecil2740
Forest HeightsTownPrince George's2658
CrisfieldCitySomerset2475
University ParkTownPrince George's2454
Snow HillTownWorcester2156
Mountain Lake ParkTownGarrett2147
North BeachTownCalvert2146
KensingtonTownMontgomery2122
WilliamsportTownWashington2083
HurlockTownDorchester2070
Chevy Chase VillageTownMontgomery2049
GreensboroTownCaroline1919
OaklandTownGarrett1851
Landover HillsTownPrince George's1815
WesternportTownAllegany1812
MyersvilleTownFrederick1748
PittsvilleTownWicomico1636
EdmonstonTownPrince George's1617
RidgelyTownCaroline1611
Colmar ManorTownPrince George's1588
HancockTownWashington1557
Fairmount HeightsTownPrince George's1528
New MarketTownFrederick1525
CharlestownTownCecil1496
New WindsorTownCarroll1441
Cottage CityTownPrince George's1335
MorningsideTownPrince George's1240
KeedysvilleTownWashington1213
Rock HallTownKent1198
SomersetTownMontgomery1187
TrappeTownTalbot1177
HebronTownWicomico1113
WoodsboroTownFrederick1092
St. MichaelsTownTalbot1049
Chevy Chase ViewTownMontgomery1005
LonaconingTownAllegany1001
Garrett ParkTownMontgomery996
GrantsvilleTownGarrett968
WillardsTownWicomico963
Martin's AdditionsVillageMontgomery946
Union BridgeTownCarroll936
FunkstownTownWashington852
Church HillTownQueen Anne's808
Chevy Chase Section ThreeVillageMontgomery802
Chesapeake CityTownCecil736
QueenstownTownQueen Anne's705
SharptownTownWicomico691
North Chevy ChaseVillageMontgomery682
CeciltonTownCecil676
PrestonTownCaroline673
Chevy Chase Section FiveVillageMontgomery672
Upper Marlboro?TownPrince George's652
Port DepositTownCecil614
OxfordTownTalbot611
North BrentwoodTownPrince George's593
LaytonsvilleTownMontgomery572
SharpsburgTownWashington560
MillingtonTownKent,ÿQueen Anne's549
GalenaTownKent539
SudlersvilleTownQueen Anne's507
Washington GroveTownMontgomery505
Loch Lynn HeightsTownGarrett493
MidlandTownAllegany488
SecretaryTownDorchester472
BartonTownAllegany464
FriendsvilleTownGarrett438
East New MarketTownDorchester389
Clear SpringTownWashington372
Mardela SpringsTownWicomico357
AccidentTownGarrett338
Deer ParkTownGarrett303
KitzmillerTownGarrett300
BettertonTownKent286
Glen EchoTownMontgomery279
RosemontVillageFrederick272
ViennaTownDorchester270
GoldsboroTownCaroline211
Queen AnneTownQueen Anne's,ÿTalbot192
BarclayTownQueen Anne's183
MarydelTownCaroline176
BrookevilleTownMontgomery166
HendersonTownCaroline160
BarnesvilleTownMontgomery144
BurkittsvilleTownFrederick142
HillsboroTownCaroline128
Highland BeachTownAnne Arundel118
TemplevilleTownCaroline,ÿQueen Anne's113
GalestownTownDorchester111
Church CreekTownDorchester102
LukeTownAllegany85
Eagle HarborTownPrince George's67
BrookviewTownDorchester48
EldoradoTownDorchester45
Port Tobacco VillageTownCharles18

Additional Information

In Maryland, each of the state’s 157 municipalities conducts its own local government elections, a process that is fundamental to maintaining responsive and accountable governance. These elections, encompassing positions from mayors to council members, are characterized by their diversity, reflecting the unique needs and preferences of the various communities across the state.

The structure and process of these elections can vary significantly between municipalities. For instance, in some towns, mayors are elected directly by the citizens, while in others, they might be selected by council members. The size and composition of the councils themselves also differ, with some members elected at large and others representing specific wards or districts.

A key aspect of these local elections is that they often do not coincide with state or national election schedules, instead following unique calendars specific to each municipality. This scheduling allows local issues to be the primary focus, unimpacted by larger political campaigns.

For residents, it’s crucial to stay informed about the specific dates and procedures of their municipality’s elections. Since these details vary, citizens should consult their local government offices or official websites for accurate information. This includes understanding registration deadlines, polling locations, and any local-specific voting requirements.

Participation in these elections is vital for shaping local governments in Maryland. By being informed and involved, residents can directly influence the direction and quality of life in their communities, ensuring their representatives align with local needs and values.

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