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(a) Terms of the mayor and each councilmember shall begin at the commencement of the first regular council meeting in December after election in the year elected. Before entering upon the duties of office, the mayor and each councilmember shall take an oath or affirmation supporting the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, the Charter and ordinances of the City of Aurora, and faithfully perform the duties of office. Elections shall be nonpartisan. Two (2) councilmembers at large, the mayor, and Ward IV, V, and VI councilmembers shall be elected at one election. Councilmembers from Ward I, Ward II, Ward III and two (2) councilmembers at large shall be elected at the next election. The term of office of all elected councilmembers and the mayor shall be for four (4) years.

(b) Neither the mayor nor any councilmember shall serve more than three (3) consecutive four-year terms of office in their respective offices. Terms of office shall be considered consecutive unless they are at least four (4) years apart. For purposes of this section, the office of mayor and office of councilmember shall be considered different offices.

(c) When a vacancy has occurred in any elective office and has been filled pursuant to section 3-7 of this Charter, the term to be filled at the next ensuing election for that office shall be two (2) years where necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section governing the timing of elections. (Ord. No. 69-25, 11-4-1969; Ord. No. 83-137, § 2, 11-8-1983; Ord. No. 87-202, § 10, 11-3-1987; Ord. No. 91-47, § 2, 11-13-1991; Ord. No. 2005-30, § 1, 11-1-2005; Ord. No. 2009-30, § 1, 8-17-2009; Ord. No. 2011-21, § 1, 7-25-2011; Ord. No. 2012-13, § 1, 4-2-2012)