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Run for Office in San Rafael: Candidate Applications Open July 13 – August 7

Posted on July 1, 2020

Run for Local Office

Have you been interested in running for office but you didn’t know where to start? Well the City of San Rafael and San Rafael City Schools have open Offices up for election in the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election. The open offices include:

  • Mayor (at-large) 
  • Councilmember, District 1
  • Councilmember, District 4
  • City Attorney (Part-time)
  • City Clerk and Assessor 
  • Board of Education Trustee, Area 1 
  • Board of Education Trustee, Area 3
  • Board of Education Trustee, Area 5 

 To run for office you need to receive candidate documents from the City Clerk/Elections Official during the nomination period: Monday, July 13th through Friday, August 7th Even if you are not considering running for office, now is a good time to register to vote or confirm your voter registration. 

Visit our website for more information on running for office. 

Yes, I want to run for office! 

Step 1Make sure you are eligible for the office you will be running for. All offices require you to be a registered voter at the time you pull Nomination Papers, confirm your voter registration! 

  • City eligibility requirements: Be a registered voter in the City of San Rafael, or district if you are running for Councilmember, at the time Nomination Papers are issued.  
  • Board of Education Eligibility Requirements: Is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school Trustee Area up for election, a registered voter, not legally disqualified from holding civil office. 

Step 2: Complete the Candidate Application form to help us schedule your appointment once the Nomination Period opens. 

Step 3: File your candidate documents during the nomination period Monday, July 13 – Friday, August 7thIt is recommended to file your papers earlier in the period to allow you time to make corrections as needed. Review the How to Run for Office page for details, or contact the City Clerk’s office by email or phone at 415-485-3066 for more information. 


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