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Candidate Filing

Introduction

This page provides information and forms for candidates interested in running for elective office in Sonoma County. The content is provided as a convenience and is not guaranteed to be correct. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure they have the correct forms and file with the correct agency.

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Where to File

To run for state, county, and most school or special district offices, file at the Registrar of Voters Office.  To run for city/town offices, file with your city/town clerk.

Not Sure Which Jurisdictions You Reside In?

No problem! Find out by using our District & Elected Official Lookup tool. Most offices require you to live in the district.

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Filing Deadlines

Filing deadlines are election-specific and can be found on the Timeline Calendar of each election page.  Most seats go up for election in one of the following elections:

  • Odd-year Uniform District Elections held in November
  • Even-year Primary Elections held at different times, but usually March or June
  • Even-year General Elections held in November

A detailed Campaign Guide and Calendar of Events is released approximately four to six months prior to these types of elections. If you want information earlier, it can be helpful to refer to Campaign Guides from prior elections.

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Candidate Filing Matrix

Required Documents

Document Names US Senate US Rep (Congress) State Legislative Judicial School Gov Board County City / Town Special District Central Cmte
Campaign Statements (Forms 470, 501, 460 &/or 410)* x x x x x x x
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) x x x x x
Declaration of Candidacy (in office only) x x x x x x x x x
Candidate Information Sheet x x x x x x x x x
Declaration of Intention (in office only, after payment of fees) x
Statement of Qualifications (Optional) (State / Local) x x x x x x x
Ballot Designation Worksheet x x x x x x x x x
Nomination Petition (in office only, after payment of fees) x x x x x x x
Code of Fair Campaign Practices (Optional) x x x x x x x

Additional Documents Provided

Document Names US Senate US Rep (Congress) State Legislative Judicial School Gov Board County City / Town Special District Central Cmte 
GC §84305 notice x x x x x x x x
Campaign Guide (see specific Election page for guide) x x x x x x x x
Local Campaign Ordinance x

* Required campaign statements depend on the amount of money a candidate plans to raise or spend (excluding personal funds used for the filing fee and/or fee for the Statement of Qualifications)

  • Raising/Spending $0: Form 470 (except central committee candidates)
  • Raising/Spending $0.01 - $1,999.99: Form 470 & Form 501
  • Raising/Spending $2,000.00 or more: Form 410 & Form 501 (as well as Form 460 by reporting deadlines -- see FPPC filing schedule)

See Campaign Finance page for more information

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Candidate Filing Documents

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Office Terms

Office Date  Term / Term Limits  Code Section 
PresidentJanuary 20th at noon 4 year / 2 term maximum U.S. Const. Amendment XX, § 1
State Assembly – 80 members (Legislative Office)First Monday in December following election2 year / Members elected to the legislature or their first time in 2012 or later may serve a total of twelve years in either house, or a combination of the two houses.
A person may serve all twelve years in either the Assembly or the Senate, or split between the two houses.
CA. Const. Art. IV §2 & 3
State Senate – 40 members (Legislative Office)First Monday in December following election4 year / Members elected to the legislature or their first time in 2012 or later may serve a total of twelve years in either house, or a combination of the two houses.
A person may serve all twelve years in either the Assembly or the Senate, or split between the two houses.
CA. Const. Art. IV §2 & 3
 Representative in Congress January 3rd 2 years / none U.S. Const. Amendment XX, §2
 U. S. Senators – 2 from each state January 3rd 6 years / none U.S. Const. Amendment XX, §1
 Special Districts First Friday in December at noon following election 4 years / none  E. C. §10554
 School Districts Second Friday in December following election4 years / none  Ed. Code §5017
 Superior Court Judges First Monday after January 1 following election 6 years / none CA. Const. Art. VI §16
 Statewide Offices (Governor, Secretary of State, etc) First Monday after January 1 following election4 years / 2 terms  CA. Const. Art. V
 County Offices First Monday after January 1 following election 4 years / none Gov. Code §24200
County Supervisors  First Monday after January 1 following election4 years / none  Gov. Code §24200

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