ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA - The nomination period for City Council candidates for the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election begins on Monday, July 13, 2020. This year’s election will be to fill two (2) seats for City Council Member, each for a four-year term, and one (1) seat for directly-elected Mayor, for a two-year term. The nomination period runs from Monday, July 13, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020. If an incumbent office holder does not file for re-election by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020, the nomination period for non-incumbent candidates will be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
To be eligible for a seat on the City Council, a candidate must be 18 years old and a registered voter residing within the City limits of Arroyo Grande. There is no filing fee for nomination papers; however, a deposit is required for the printing of a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications in the voter information pamphlet. Filing a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications is optional. Candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and certain campaign disclosure statements as required by the Political Reform Act of 1974.
All forms required for nomination and election to the Arroyo Grande City Council are issued by and filed with the Arroyo Grande City Clerk. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall remains closed to the public and services are provided by appointment only during regular business hours. Therefore, an appointment to obtain, review and file nomination documents is required to ensure safety, accessibility, and ample time to thoroughly review the filing requirements. In accordance with guidelines provided by the California Secretary of State pertaining to the nomination period, alternative methods for issuing, executing, and filing certain documents are available; however, in order to be a qualified candidate for office, completed documents with original signatures must be received by the City Clerk by the close of the nomination period.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 805-473-5414 or 805-473-5418 to confirm your eligibility to run for office and to schedule an appointment. It is recommended that candidates start the process early and file nomination papers well before the filing deadline, as all deadlines are firm and must be adhered to pursuant to State law.
Regular business hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on Fridays; however, regular business hours will be observed on the last day of the nomination period, Friday, August 7, 2020, for election related services only. For additional information, visit the City’s website at www.arroyogrande.org.
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Director of Legislative and Information Services/City Clerk