Candidate Information

Are you interested in running for a Nampa City Council seat?

The City of Nampa hosted an opportunity for anyone interested in running for Nampa City Council to learn more about the election process and ask questions on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. 

Watch the live-stream event

View the August 24 presentation

(Please note the corrected deadline for write-in candidates is Sept. 8)

Why Districts?

For the first time in Nampa's history, on November 7, 2023, residents will only vote for council members who live in their district as part of Idaho Code section 50-707A. To learn more about this process, click here.  

Search Your City Council District By Address

For the November 7, 2023 election, Nampa voters will elect a council member for Districts 2, 4 and 6. 

CouncilDistricts_CommSurvey_Map_8x11 Opens in new windowTo find out which district you live in by entering your address, click here(Note: if your address does not show on the map and you believe you do live within Nampa City limits, try using abbreviations (e.g., "St" "Ave" "N" "S" "E" "W", etc.).

Candidate Qualifications for Nampa City Council:

  • Be a registered voter in the city (Contact your County Clerk to verify that you are registered to vote in the city.)
  • Be a Nampa resident within city limits and living in the district which they are running for election
  • Complete proper paperwork declaring candidacy. Please note candidacy paperwork will only be accepted between August 28-September 8. 

City of Nampa District Information

Search for your council district by entering your address at our helpful website here.

For districting questions, please contact the Clerk's Office at (208) 468-5415 or email [email protected]. View a printable handout on Nampa's new council districts.

Important Dates:

Candidate Filing Period: August 28 - September 8, 2023

The candidate filing period opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2023 and closes on Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Download Candidate Filing Packet

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please allow extra time to confirm the candidate's residency within Nampa city limits, the council district in which you reside and voter registration. If a candidate is not paying the $40 application fee and chooses to submit a petition for candidacy, each of the 5-7 petitioners must reside in the district for which the candidate is running and must be confirmed by Canyon County Elections.     

Candidate Write-In Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Download City Office Write-In Declaration of Intent

Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: September 22, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Download Withdrawal of Candidacy Form

Election day: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

For the full election calendar,  click here.

Candidate Filing Requirements

DOWNLOAD: Canyon County Packet for City Office Candidate Filing (remember the timeframe to file is only from August 28-September 8)

A candidate has two options when filing for placement on the ballot:

1. File a Declaration of Candidacy and pay the filing fee.


2. File a Declaration of Candidacy and nominating petitions, containing the required number of signatures of qualified electors verified prior to submission. Note: This option requires five (5) signatures of eligible voters within the city.

Who is considered a candidate? 

According to the Idaho Secretary of State office and Idaho Code 67-6602(1), a candidate is "any individual who seeks nomination, election, or reelection to public office and who has taken any of the following actions:

  • Announced the individual’s candidacy publicly;
  • Filed for public office;
  • Received a contribution for the purpose of promoting the individual’s candidacy for office; or
  • Made an expenditure, contracted for services, or reserved space with the intent of promoting the individual’s candidacy for office.

Current officeholders are considered candidates until the candidate filing deadline for the next election for his or her office."

To learn about the duties of Nampa City Council, click here.


Questions regarding the Sunshine Law and Election Laws along with requests for information, manuals, forms and filed reports can be directed to:   

Secretary of State 
Attn: Election Division 
PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0080 
Phone: (208) 334-2852 
Email: [email protected]

Who is required to report to the Secretary of State? 

"The Sunshine Law requires both Candidates and Political Committees to submit Campaign Finance Reports online to the Secretary of State.  County, City, Special District and Judicial Candidates are exempt unless/until they reach a $500 threshold:  **The political treasurer for a candidate for a judicial office or a local government office, or for a political committee that is specifically designated to support or oppose a candidate or local ballot measure, is exempt from filing reports under section 67-6607, Idaho Code, unless and until such time as the candidate receives contributions or expends funds in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500) or more. (Idaho Code 67-6608).   Along with monthly/annual reports, other items must be reported under specific circumstances. These include:  -48 Hour Notice of Contributions of $1000 or more (Idaho Code 67-6607(3) -Independent Expenditures, 48 Hour Notice required if over $1000 (Idaho Code 67-6611(4)) -Electioneering Communications, 48 Hour Notice required if over $1000 (Idaho Code 676628(3)) -Statement of a Nonbusiness Entity, report filed within 30 days if over $1000 (Idaho Code 67-6606(2))." (Source: Secretary of State)

All candidates for a City of Nampa elected position are also encouraged to contact the Canyon County Clerk’s Office for information on reporting requirements prior to announcing candidacy, accepting donations or spending money.

Secretary of State Campaign Finance Portal

Campaign Finance Reporting Schedule 2023 

Campaign Disclosure Manual for Candidates and Political Committees

Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Canyon County Clerk’s Office.

Canyon County Elections Office

1102 E Chicago St. | Caldwell, ID 83605

[email protected]

City of Nampa Clerk's Office

411 3rd Street South | Nampa, ID 83651

[email protected]
(208) 468-5415

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