2013 Election Cycle

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At the May 21, 2013 Primary Election and the November 5, 2013 General Election, the Reading electorate will be selecting a President of Council (at large, city-wide) and City Councilors representing District 1 (southeast Reading and the 18th Ward), District 4 (northeast Reading and the Northmont area) and District 5 (part of NW Reading and the Glenside and Riverdale areas).  For the exact locations, please see the map located on the Council webpage at http://www.readingpa.gov/content/council-districts-map.  Please note that the Council District boundary lines were adjusted at the beginning of 2012, as recommended by the appointed Redistricting Committee.    
To be eligible to run for these offices, candidates must be 18 years of age, be registered to vote and be a resident in the district continuously for one year prior to the Primary Election (since May 21, 2012).  Residency in the district must be retained for the elected officials’ term of office. The term of office for those elected begins on the first Monday in January 2014. 
District City Councilors earn a nominal annual salary of $5,000 and the President of Council receives a nominal annual salary of $5,500. No member of Council taking office may hold any other City compensated and/or appointed office or employment and may not serve as an elected official in any other office within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any political subdivision thereof.
The Berks County Elections Services Office can provide information about running for office along with the required forms and petitions. Candidate Packets will be ready on February 4th and the first day to circulate petitions is February 19th. The Berks County Elections Services Office, located on the first floor of the County Services Center, is open Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm.  They can be reached by phone at 610 478 6490 or by email at elections@countyofberks.com
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