Question: Should section be amended to conform the form of the City’s nominating petition to state law and combine the statement of candidacy and the nominating petition and, thus, eliminate the need for a candidate to accept the nomination?

Proposed Language:

§ 7     Candidacy and Nominating Petition Papers

The form of statement of candidacy and nominating petition papers shall be substantially as follows:

STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY

I, ______________ (Name of Candidate), the undersigned, hereby declare under penalty of election falsification that my voting residence is in ______ precinct of Ward ______ of the City of Cleveland; that my voting residence is ____________ (Street and Number); and that I am a qualified elector in the precinct in which my voting residence is located. I hereby declare that I desire to be a candidate for nomination to the office of ________________ at the primary election to be held on the ___ day of _____________, ______.

Dated this _____ day of __________, ______.

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(Signature of candidate)

The statement of candidacy shall contain the penalty for election falsification as prescribed by the general law of the State.

NOMINATING PETITION

We, the undersigned, qualified electors of the City of Cleveland (or ____ ward of the City of Cleveland) state of Ohio, whose voting residence is at the street address, ward, and precinct set opposite our names, request that ________________ (Name of Candidate) be placed upon the primary election ballot as a candidate for nomionation for the office of _____________ at the primary election to be held in the City (or the ward) on the ________ day of ____________, __________.

Signature   Street Number    Ward      Precinct   Date of Signing

(Must use address on file with the board of elections)

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The undersigned being first duly sworn, deposes and says that he (or she) is the circulator of the foregoing petition paper and that the signatures appended thereto were made in his (or her) presence and that he (or she) believes they are the genuine signatures of the persons whose names they purport to be.

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Subscribed and sworn to before me this ————— day of —————————— , 19 ————— .

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Notary Public.