As of the 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 25th deadline to file nominating petitions, the following candidates were officially certified for the Office of Mayor and City Commission.
Office of Mayor (one seat available)
Two-year term ending November 10, 2025
Office of City Commissioner (three seats available)
Four-year term ending November 8, 2027
Kenneth M. Funk
Shea M. O’Brien
The withdrawal deadline for candidates is Friday, July 28, at 4:00 p.m.
Candidates that are elected at the November 7, 2023, election will be sworn in to office on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
City Commission Functions
The City Commission is the legislative body of the City of Traverse City, and essentially functions as the City's "board of directors." The following is the mission statement for the City Commission:
The mission of the Traverse City City Commission is to guide the preservation and development of the City’s infrastructure, services, and planning, based on extensive participation by its citizens coupled with the expertise of the city’s staff. The Commission will both lead and serve Traverse City in developing a vision for sustainability and the future that is rooted in the hopes and input of its citizens and organizations, as well as cooperation from surrounding units of government.
Very broadly speaking, the functions of the City Commission for the City of Traverse City are to:
- Set public policy for the City through ordinances and other official actions.
- Allocate public funds under the city's control and responsibility, including adoption of the City Budget.
- Exercise policy oversight of the city's resources.
- Appoint the City Manager and City Attorney; and in order to maintain a system of checks and balances, to provide for appropriate separation of duties and autonomy in conducting and performing official and corporate functions, the City Commission approves the City Manager's indefinite appointment, and the removal of the City Clerk and the City Treasurer.
- Appoint individuals to various board and commissions.
- Exercise other authority and powers granted to it by the Michigan Constitution, Michigan Law, Michigan Promulgated Rules, the City Charter and other authorities.