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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 Sonoma. The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of two (2) Council Members for a term of four years each.

1. Eligibility

In order to be eligible to run for office in the City of Sonoma you must:

  • Be 18 years of age. (CA Gov. Code § 1020)
  • Be a registered voter in the City of Sonoma at the time Nomination Papers are issued. (CA Gov. Code § 36502)
  • Not disqualified from holding office by the Constitution or laws of the State of California. (CA Gov. Code § 1021)

You can confirm that you are a registered voter in the City of Sonoma through the Sonoma County Elections Office. If you are unsure whether you live in the City of Sonoma or Unincorporated Sonoma you can contact our Planning Department at (707) 938-3681 or Planning@sonomacity.org.

2. Nomination Period

Nomination papers for eligible candidates interested in filing for office may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office by appointment only, beginning Monday, July 13, 2020 through no later than Friday, August 7, 2020, 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 12, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, appointments are required.  Special precautions will also be in place.

In-person appointment requirements - Mask/face covering is required for staff and all candidates or representatives.  Attendance at the in-person appointment is limited to one person (candidate or authorized person (candidate’s designee) to pick up papers for candidate).  A 6-foot physical distancing is required during the appointment. Staff will wash or sanitize hands prior to issuing documents and will sanitize the table, door knob, chair (hard surfaces), and pens before each appointment.

To schedule an appointment to obtain and file nomination papers, please email (preferred method) the City Clerk/Elections Official at rbarr@sonomacity.org or call (707) 933-2216.

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