There are two elections this year. The Primary Election is on Tuesday, September 14; and the General Election on Tuesday, November 2.
The Primary Election is used to narrow the field of candidates down to twice the number of available seats. So for the office of Mayor, where only one person can take the seat, the Primary Election will narrow the field down to the top two candidates. For the office of At-Large City Council, where six people will take a seat, the Primary Election will narrow the field down to the top twelve candidates. The winners of the primary election proceed on to the General Election.
The General Election, which is always held on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November, determines who will take office.