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Eligibility for Candidacy

In order to run for office, a candidate must have been a resident and registered voter in the City of South San Francisco and of the district they wish to run for at least 30 days before the nomination period opens, pursuant to California Government Code Section 34882 and Elections Code Section 10227.

To be eligible to run for City Council, a person must be 18 years of age or older, a registered voter, and a resident within the district the candidate seeks to represent for not less than 30 days preceding the date of filing candidate papers.

Termination of residency in a district by a Council Member shall create an immediate vacancy for that council district unless a substitute residence within the district is established within 30 days after the termination of residency.

Conviction of Crimes
A person is disqualified from holding any office upon conviction of designated crimes as specified in the Constitution and the laws of the State of California (Government Code Section 1021).

Prior to soliciting for any campaign funds OR expending any personal funds for the election, individuals must file FPPC Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) with the City Clerk.

Nomination Period

The nomination period runs from July 13, 2020, through August 7, 2020. During this time his is when you may obtain a nomination packet, which includes the forms needed to run for office. Nomination packets are only issued during the official nomination period, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, City Clerk's Office, 400 Grand Avenue. Nomination papers must be returned to the City Clerk by August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  

The nominations packet will include the official form necessary for candidates to obtain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of South San Francisco. Filing deadlines are established by State law and must be adhered to.

Extended Nomination Period

Please note that if an incumbent for the office of Councilmember, eligible for re-election, does not file a declaration of candidacy by August 7, 2020, there will be a five-day extension allowed for any person other than the incumbent to file a declaration of candidacy for such office.  If required, the extended filing period for  non-incumbent candidates would end Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.