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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. A Special Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 for the election of one (1) Council Member for the remainder of a term which ends December 2024.

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

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 12, 2021 through no later than Friday, August 6, 2021.

In-person appointment requirements - Mask/face covering is required for unvaccinated staff and all candidates or representatives.

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

Running For Local Office 

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