As a candidate, you will be required to file papers during the candidate filing period. The papers you need to complete as candidate are known as the Candidate Candidate Application Packet and could include forms such as Nomination Papers, Declaration of Candidacy, Financial Disclosure Forms, and others.
- If you are running for a Special District or a School District, the County Election Office is your filing office.
- If you are seeking public office in a city or town, the City Clerk is your filing office.
- If you are running for a statewide office or federal office, you will file with the Election Office of your county of residence unless other residency rules apply.
- For specific information, visit our Current Election page or call our office at (925) 335-7874.
- Candidates must be 18 years old by the next election, be a citizen of the U.S., must be a registered voter, and must have not been convicted of designated crimes as specified in the state constitution and laws.
- Other than running for U.S. Representative and Superior Court Judge, you must be a registered voter in the district or city you wish to run for.
- Remember to start the process early in the Candidate Filing Period in order to meet the filing deadline. The filing period is only 45 days, starting 133 days before the election and ending 88 days before the election.
- Some offices require nomination petitions to be filed in order to qualify. Candidates should pick up their nomination papers early in the Candidate Filing Period to allow enough time for signature gathering. The following offices require nomination petition signatures:
- United States Senate Offices require no less than 65 and no more than 100 signatures.
- United States Congress Offices require no less than 40 and no more than 60 signatures.
- State Offices require no less than 40 and no more than 60 signatures.
- County Offices require no less than 20 and no more than 40 signatures.
- Superior Court Judgeships require no less than 20 and no more than 40 signatures.
- Municipal Offices require no less than 20 and no more than 40 signatures.
- East Bay Municipal Utility District requires no less than 10 and no more than 20 signatures.
- Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District requires 50 signatures.
- East Bay Regional Park District requires 50 signatures.
- All judicial candidates must file a Declaration of Intent and pay a fee during the Declaration of Intent period which starts 127 days before the election and ends 118 days before the election. Failure to do so disqualifies the judicial candidate from running for office during the Nomination Period. If the judicial incumbent does not file the Declaration of Intent, the period is extended five calendar days for non-incumbents candidates only.
As a candidate you must complete and file in the Candidate Application Packet before the candidate filing deadline. You may download the forms or come to our office to pick up the packet.
United States Senate (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
United States Congress (Filing fee is 1% of the salary)
Governor (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Lt. Governor (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Secretary of State (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Controller (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Treasurer (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Attorney General (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Insurance Commissioner (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Board of Equalization, District 1 (Filing fee is 1% of the salary)
State Supt. of Public Instruction (Filing fee is 2% of the salary)
Members of the Assembly (Filing fee is 1% of the salary)
- Superior Court Judges
- Board of Supervisors
- District Attorney-Public Administrator
- Treasurer-Tax Collector
- County Superintendent of Schools
Filing fee for all County Offices is 1% of the salary.
Signatures can be collected to pay or reduce the filing fee, signatures can be collected starting 158 days before the election and must be filed 103 days before the election.
- The ballot designation is a three word maximum description of your profession or occupation. It appears next to your name on the ballot.
- The candidate statement is a statement of the candidate’s personal background and qualifications. It is published at the candidate’s expense in the Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet, which is mailed to every voter in the county. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a cost estimate and method of payment. You can also find the information on the Current Election page Candidate Guide