The Candidate Filing Flow

Thirty additional Candidate Guides were printed on Tuesday to replenish the rapidly diminishing supply being distributed to potential candidates for the 48 available seats up for election during the Nov. 4 Presidential General.

Twenty-six people have completed the almost hour-long process of paperwork as of July 30, and are now listed on the Roster of Candidates published on  This roster includes candidate names and any contact information provided by the candidate, and is organized by office type then district.  For example, “School District Offices” is the first category listed on the Roster, with subheadings containing the name of districts where seats are available, the number of seats open in that district, and the term length.

So how does someone that wants to run for office become a candidate?  Candidate Filing Officer Lupe Sanchez has the responsibility of walking candidates through the required documents.

First on the list:  The Declaration of Candidacy.  This form cannot leave our office. It is what the candidate uses to declare the office for which the person wants to run, the term length, and the election date. Also, the form allows candidates to tell us how they would like their name to appear on the ballot (i.e. Kriselle “Kelly the K” Laran or Kris Laran) and their ballot designation.

Something that is required is the Form 700.  This statement of economic interest form is required to be filed by all candidates and must be filed with the Declaration of Candidacy. According to California Fair Political Practices Commission website, “the purpose of financial disclosure is to alert public officials to personal interests that might be affected while they are performing their official duties, i.e., making governmental decisions. Disclosure also helps inform the public about potential conflicts of interest.”  The Elections Office cannot offer any assistance in completing this form — all questions must be directed to the FPPC.  You can also check out the codes that requires this form by reviewing GC 87302.3, which was added with the passage of SB 512.

Some forms are optional, such as the Statement of Qualifications (the Candidate Statement) The jurisdictions with available offices set statement parameters including word limit and payment responsibility.  Statements are only printed if the contest goes on the ballot.  If only one candidate has filed, the district has an option to take the contest off the ballot as a cost-savings measure.

For the most part, the successful completion of the Declaration of Candidacy and Form 700 is all that is needed to qualify most local candidates to be on the ballot.  According to Lupe, “The requirements vary from one office to another. San Mateo County Harbor District candidates have to circulate nomination papers and gather signatures. City candidates, who file with their City Clerk, are required to circulate nomination papers and gather signatures as well. The requirements for state & federal independent candidates also vary: they have to pay a filing fee, gather signatures and complete the additional paperwork. The requirements for those offices can be found at”

The candidate filing period for the November Presidential General Election ends on Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. A list of other deadlines can be found in the Elections Calendar.

There are many more pieces to the filing process puzzle.  However, in the interest of future blog content, we’ll save that for later!


One response to “The Candidate Filing Flow

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