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Each town is required to elect a town council. (IC 36-5-2) 
IC 3-8-1-29 provides that: “A candidate for membership of a town council must reside in the district in which seeking election, if applicable.” 

IC 3-8-1-1 provides that: “. . . (b) A person is not qualified to run for: . . . (2) A local office; . . . unless the person is registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination.” 

IC 3-8-1-5 provides that: “Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to a candidate for federal office. (b) As used in this section, "felony" means a conviction in any jurisdiction for which the convicted person might have been imprisoned for more than one (1) year. (c) A person is not disqualified under this section for: (1) a felony conviction for which the person has been pardoned; (2) a felony conviction that has been: (A) reversed; (B) vacated; (C) set aside; (D) not entered because the trial court did not accept the person's guilty plea; or (E) expunged under IC 35-38-9; or (3) A person’s plea of guilty or nolo contendere at a guilty plea hearing that is not accepted or entered by a trial court. (d) A person is disqualified from assuming or being a candidate for an elected office if: (1) the person gave or offered a bribe, threat, or reward to procure the person's election, as provided in Article 2, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana; (2) the person does not comply with IC 5-8-3 because of a conviction for a violation of the federal laws listed in that statute; (3) in a: (A) jury trial, a jury publicly announces a verdict against the person for a felony; (B) bench trial, the court publicly announces a verdict against the person for a felony; or (C) guilty plea hearing, the person pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony; (4) the person has been removed from the office the candidate seeks under Article 7, Section 11 or Article 7, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana; (5) the person is a member of the United States armed forces on active duty and prohibited by the United States Department of Defense from being a candidate; or (6) the person is subject to: (A) 5 U.S.C. 1502 (the Little Hatch Act); or (B) 5 U.S.C. 7321-7326 (the Hatch Act); and would violate either federal statute by becoming or remaining the candidate of a political party for nomination or election to an elected office or a political party office. (d) The subsequent reduction of a felony to a Class A misdemeanor under IC 35after the: (1) jury has announced its verdict against the person for a felony; (2) court has announced its verdict against the person for a felony; or (3) person has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a felony; does not affect the operation of subsection (d).” 
IC 3-8-1-33 provides that: “Sec. 33. (a) A candidate for an office listed in subsection (b) must file a statement of economic interests. (b) Whenever a candidate for any of the following offices is also required to file a declaration of candidacy or is nominated by petition, the candidate shall file a statement of economic interests before filing the declaration of candidacy or declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, before the petition of nomination is filed, before the certificate of nomination is filed, or before being appointed to fill a candidate vacancy under IC 3-13-1 or IC 3-13-2: * * * 

(4) A candidate for a local office…, in accordance with IC 3-8-9, except a candidate for a local office described in subdivision (3).” (Subdivision 3 requires certain judge and prosecutor candidates to already file statements of economic interest) 

A candidate for local office (other than judge or prosecuting attorney) is required to file a statement of economic interest (CAN-12). The circuit court clerk must reject a declaration of candidacy that does not include the CAN-12 statement. This form is available from the Election Division’s office, on the Division’s website, and each circuit court clerk’s office. A CAN-12 is included in this Guide under the Candidate Forms tab.