I stopped down Friday and picked up an election packet, (NOT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO RUN FOR ANYTHING; I'M NOT) but so I could see how many signatures are required on the assorted petitions. The number is determined by taking 2% of the already-small number of people who voted in the last city election.
Here's the list for Davenport:
All offices in Bettendorf and Eldridge require 25 signatures.
These are kind of interesting. Looking at the 6th ward, you can see one reason that many of our Mayors and At-Large Aldermen have come from there. They vote more than the rest of us. Someone from the 3rd ward would need a massive 19 signatures, but I am pretty sure that's up from the 17 that were required last time. Maybe those 2 extra names will keep us from having 10 people running for 3rd Ward again. They've also made some changes to the absentee ballot system, possibly in response to the scandals they ran into last time.
So if any of you are considering throwing your hat in the ring, there's still time. I got shuffled around City Hall so much trying to find these that I was sure someone would have posted that they saw me picking one up... For the record, no matter what the lady at the front desk tells you, the packets are in the Administration Office, not the Mayor's Office.