How to Run For Office

How to Run For Office

 Eligibility and Candidacy

To be eligible to run for City Council, you must be a registered voter of Livermore at the time nomination papers are issued. Registered voters in Livermore must be U.S. Citizens, age 18 or older, a resident of the City of Livermore, and neither in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction. Per Government Code Section 34883, registered voters must be residents of the district from which the candidate is to be elected.

The voter registration deadline is 15 days before an election:

  • You may register to vote at the California Secretary of State’s website
  • Voter registration information is also available through the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website
  • California Voter Registration
  • The City Clerk’s Office provides voter registration forms during regular office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm @ 1052 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore CA 94550.

Getting Started

The following steps will give you an overview of how to get started on becoming a candidate for the City of Livermore City Council. Contact City Clerk Marie Weber via email or telephone, at cityclerk@cityoflivermore.net or (925) 960-4200, with questions.

  1. Review the Fair and Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Campaign Disclosure Manual 2, which is available online at www.fppc.ca.gov. This manual provides information on campaign disclosure rules as required under the Political Reform Act. The FPPC provides advice by phone at 1-800-275-3772 or by e-mail at advice@fppc.ca.gov.
  2. Contact the City Clerk’s office to gain access to the City’s electronic filing system, NetFile, at cityclerk@cityoflivermore.net to begin filing the necessary campaign disclosure forms.
  3. File FPPC Form 410 – Statement of Organization with the Secretary of State, along with a filing fee of $50.00, made payable to the Secretary of State, within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. File a copy of the Form 410 with the City Clerk. The Form 410 can be found at www.fppc.ca.gov and Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 gives details on how to complete the Form 410.
  4. File FPPC Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make expenditures from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy. The Form 501 can be found at www.fppc.ca.gov .

Qualifications for Office

A person must be a registered voter of the City of Livermore and have resided continuously in Livermore for at least thirty days immediately preceding the appointment or final filing date for nomination papers.

Nomination Period

The nomination period is when individuals officially receive, circulate and file nomination papers for candidacy. The nomination period for candidates opens at 8:00am on July 13, 2020 and closes at 5:00pm on August 7, 2020. If an incumbent fails to submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will then have until 5:00pm on August 12, 2020 to file nomination papers.

The City Clerk will begin scheduling appointments with candidates to take out nomination papers on July 1, 2020. To schedule an appointment please click here. You can also e-mail cityclerk@cityoflivermore.net or call (925) 960-4200 to schedule an appointment.

Additional information regarding the 2020 General Municipal Election and modifications made due to COVID-19 will be posted as more information becomes available.

Resources

Election Calendar

Public Portal to Review Campaign Finance Disclosures 

Placement of Political Campaign Signs

California Secretary of State

Alameda County Registrar of Voters

FPPC Candidate Toolkit

Election Results

Contact the City Clerk's Office 

Please contact the City Clerk's Office by phone at (925) 960-4200 or by email at cityclerk@cityoflivermore.net if you have any questions.