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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                 Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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July 20, 2018                                      EPA Today Facebook page Follow epatoday on Twitter EPA Today Blog Icon


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Graphic courtesy of https://www.smcacre.org/current-election 

If you and/or someone you know are interested in running for office in the election this November, now is the best time and the only time to file as a candidate.

The candidate filing period for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election opened on July 16 at 8 a.m. and it will close on August 10 at 5 p.m.  Candidates in San Mateo County, who are running for an office without an eligible incumbent seeking re-election, will have an additional five (5) calendar days until August 15 at 5 p.m. to file.

 According to Mark Church, the chief elections and assessor-county clerk-recorder for San Mateo County, “The November 2018 Statewide General Election will see a much larger number of offices than normally appear on the ballot in San Mateo County. This is a direct result of Senate Bill 415, also known as the California Voter Participation Rights Act, which requires local jurisdictions to move their governing board elections to even-numbered years.”

Throughout San Mateo County, there are 21 school districts that have vacancies on their governing boards, 17 special districts that have open seats for boards of directors, two regional districts that have vacancies, and 16 municipalities that have open seats on their city or town councils.

East Palo Alto voters will have an opportunity to vote on candidates to fill three seats on the Ravenswood City School District’s governing board, three seats on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and two city council seats.

Candidates who are interested in running for a regional district, school district or special district office are advised to call Candidate Filing Officer, Michelle Yue, at 650.312.5293, to make an appointment to review the steps, forms and requirements to run for office. Candidates, who are interested in running for a city elected office, should contact their city clerk.

The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is offering two seminars for potential candidates. The first seminar took place on July 11, 2018. The remaining seminar will take place on July 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. The candidate seminars will cover such topics as:

• Important deadlines
• Candidate statements
• Campaign finance reports
• Voter registration guidelines
• Requirements for campaign signs

The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening. To view the roster, go to Roster of Candidates at www.smcacre.org

For more information, call 650.312.5222 and or visit the www.smcacre.org website. Those who are interested can also get voter information on Twitter@smcvote.


Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of the above article, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org