Congratulations on making the decision to run for office! We hope that this information will serve as a guide for eligible candidates who may be interested in running for office in the City of San Rafael. The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the election of two (2) Members of the Board of Education for the full term of four years each.
In order to be eligible to run for office in the City of San Rafael you must:
- Be a registered voter in the City of San Rafael at the time Nomination Papers are issued
You can confirm that you are a registered voter in the City of San Rafael through the Marin County Elections Office. If you are unsure whether you live in the City of San Rafael or Unincorporated Marin you can use our Zoning Map to search your address. Make sure you follow the 'search tips' on the right side of the screen to guide you.
In order to be eligible to run for the office San Rafael City Schools District Board of Education member you must:
- Is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and not legally disqualified from holding civil office.
2. Nomination Period (2018 Election)
Nomination papers for eligible candidates interested in filing for office may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday, July 16, 2018 through no later than Friday, August 10, 2018, unless an incumbent fails to file, in which case there will be a five day extension period to no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
3. Your name on the ballot
- You can use your nickname in quotation marks, along with your legal name on your form. If you do not write you nickname on the Declaration of Candidacy form, you cannot use it afterwards on other candidate papers.
- First, middle, and last name.
- Initials only and last name
- A familiar or common short version of the first name such as "Bill" for William or "Becky" for Rebecca, etc.
Ballot Designation:On the ballot under your name is the Ballot Designation. It is optional, but if you choose a designation then you must indicate this on the Declaration of Candidacy form. You must also complete a Ballot Designation Worksheet, but if you do not choose a designation then the worksheet is not required. If you do not want a designation, write "NONE" on your Declaration of Candidacy form where it asks for your designation. Also put your initials after the word "NONE".
Additional Candidate Resources
Limitations and Restrictions on Gifts, Honoraria, Travel and Loans
FPPC Manual 2 – Local Candidates
Email Advice from FPPC – Phone: 1-866-275-3772