Grand Junction was founded in 1882. In 1921 Grand Junction community members voted to employ the Council-Manager form of government, which became popular in the early part of the 20th century. This system combines the political leadership of elected officials with the managerial expertise of an appointed local government manager. The members of the City Council are elected by the citizens of Grand Junction to make policy decisions and laws, similar to a board of directors in a private company.
The City's guiding document is the City Charter. The City Charter sets out the structure of the City government, including the powers and duties of the City Council and the City Manager, along with general guidelines for the operations of the City and the salaries of City Council (Section 38). The Charter, which can only be amended by the people in a municipal election, was first adopted on September 14, 1909.
The Grand Junction City Council is comprised of seven community members - five of whom are elected from and represent certain City districts - and two that are elected at-large. Regular municipal elections are held in April of odd years.
April 2023 Election
The next regular City Council election is on April 4, 2023. City voters will elect Councilmembers from Districts B, C, and at-large for four-year terms, and one Councilmember to fill a vacant term ending in 2025 from District A.
Candidates for City Council must have resided in the City, or for a district seat in their district, for at least 12 months immediately preceding the election and be a registered voter of the City.
As of the Nomination Petition deadline which was Monday, January 23, eight candidates have announced they are running for the four City Council seats in the upcoming election. All candidates have the opportunity to submit additional information.
For the full list of candidates in the 2023 Elections, please click here.
Candidate Election Information
- Online Candidate Guidelines provide the basic requirements of candidacy for City Council.
- Nomination Petitions were available until January 23, 2023 at 4 p.m.
- 2023 Municipal Election Calendar
General Election Information
Are you registered to vote? Check on the Colorado Secretary of State voter registration website.
See the City Council Boundaries Map (PDF) to find out what district you are in.
City elections and candidates are subject to the provisions of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. Additional information can be found on the Secretary of State's website.
In an effort to assist community members with the initiative process, the City Clerk's Office has developed Initiative Guidelines (PDF), which explain the process in a chronological manner.
If you have questions regarding to city elections, please call the City Clerk's office at 970-244-1509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Election Information
- November 8, 2022, Special Municipal Election (PDF)
- April 6, 2021 Municipal Election Results (PDF)
- November 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election (PDF)
- April 2, 2019 Regular Municipal Election Official Election Results (PDF)
- April 4, 2017 Regular Municipal Election Official Election Results (PDF)
- April 7, 2015 Regular Municipal Election Official Election Results (PDF)
- April 2, 2013 Regular Municipal Election Official Election Results (PDF)