The city's general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, and the deadline to file as a candidate for City Council is 5 p.m. on Sept. 3, according to city officials.

Laurel's general election is held every two years in odd-numbered years; City Council members serve a two-year term and the mayor serves a four-year term. This year's election will be for the five City Council seats, which include two each from Wards 1 and 2 and one at-large member. The mayor's seat will be up for election in 2015.

City Council candidates must be 21 or older; a U.S. citizen; registered to vote in city elections; a city resident for one year prior to the election day; and a resident of the ward where election is being sought.

Paperwork that must be filed with the clerk to the Board of Election supervisors includes a candidate affidavit and background authorization form; a certificate of nomination, which includes signatures of 30 qualified voters; a treasurer appointment form; and a financial disclosure statement. There is a $40 form that includes 30 signatures of qualified voters.

A candidate's information packet, "Running for Elected Office," is available from Kimberley Rau, clerk to the Board of Elections; call 301-725-5300, Ext. 2121, or email krau@laurel.md.us.