How 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 7, 2017 for the election of two (2) Council Members for an extended term of five years each. 

1. Eligibility

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.

2. Nomination Period (2017 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 17, 2017 through no later than Friday, August 11, 2017, 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 16, 2017.

You are encouraged to schedule appointments to obtain and file nomination papers. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 485-3065 or email.

*Note: This information will be updated prior to the next election.

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