What are the deadlines for me to file to run for a city office?

What are the deadlines for me to file to run for a city office?

Nonpartisan Primary
All cities, except in a consolidated local government, may adopt a nonpartisan election process by ordinance passed by the legislative body.  In a city that opts for a nonpartisan election with a primary, the primary for the nomination of candidates for the regular election is to be held on the first Tuesday after the third Monday in May, each year.

All regular elections of state and local officers are to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.  KRS 118.025(4).

Candidates for mayor and the legislative body in a city having a nonpartisan primary must file a nominating petition with the county clerk:

The petition must be signed by not less than two registered voters who reside in the city on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and filed no later than 4:00 p.m. local time when filed on the last day on which petitions are permitted to be filed.  KRS 118.315(2) and KRS 83A.045(1)(a).

Signatures may not be affixed to a nominating petition prior to the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year in which the office will appear on the ballot. KRS 83A.045(1)(a)

Nonpartisan Without a Primary
Any city of the home rule class may forego conducting a nonpartisan primary election for the nomination of candidates for city office, regardless of the number of candidates running for office, if the city enacts an ordinance eliminating the primary.

KRS 83A.045(2)(b) and KRS 118.315 require candidates in home rule cities that have eliminated the primary election to file a nominating petition signed by at least two registered voters who reside in the city with the county clerk.

The filing must take place no earlier than the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year in which the office will appear on the ballot and no later than the second Tuesday in August preceding the day fixed by law for the holding of the regular election for the office sought.  Nomination papers must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. local time when filed on the last day on which papers are permitted to be filed.  There is a $50 dollar filing fee.

Partisan Elections
Primary elections for the nomination of candidates to be voted for at the next regular election must be held on the first Tuesday after the third Monday in May of each year.

Any city of the home rule class may conduct partisan elections for municipal offices unless the city adopts a nonpartisan election process by ordinance passed by the legislative body.  KRS 83A.045(2)(b).  A consolidated local government must conduct partisan elections for mayor and legislative body members.

A candidate for party nomination to a city office in a partisan election may file the nominating petition with the county clerk no earlier than the first Wednesday after the first Monday of the year preceding the year in which the office will appear on the ballot and no later than the last Tuesday in January before the day fixed by KRS Chapter 118 for holding a primary election for the office sought.

The petition must be signed by not less than two registered voters who reside in the city on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and filed no later than 4:00 p.m. local time when filed on the last day on which petitions are permitted to be filed.  Signatures for nomination papers shall not be affixed on the document to be filed prior to the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of the year preceding the year in which the office will appear on the ballot.  KRS 118.315(2) and KRS 83A.045(1)(a).