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Welcome to the City of Santa Rosa’s Municipal Election web pages. These pages have been prepared to help guide voters of the City of Santa Rosa, potential candidates for office, and individuals and organizations participating in City elections.

2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The next General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

On May 13, 2014, the City Council called the election by adoption of Resolution No. 28477 and adopted regulations pertaining to candidate statements by adoption of Resolution No. 28478.

The following are key dates for the November 4, 2014 election:

Event/Activity   Date
Nomination Period Opens 07/14/14
Nomination Period Closes 08/08/14
Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable) 08/13/14
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing 08/14/14
First Day Campaign Signs May Be Erected 09/05/14
First Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 10/06/14
Last Date to Register to Vote 10/20/14
Second Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 10/23/14
Third Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 10/31/14
Election Day 11/04/14
Deadline to Certify Election Results 12/02/14

BE AN INFORMED VOTER!

There are several ways to learn more about the 2014 Santa Rosa Municipal Election. The best way to ensure elected officials represent you is by researching the candidates to understand their values and positions on important issues.

READ – candidate statements and ballot measure arguments provided in the Voter Informational Pamphlet. For more information about candidates who qualified for public financing, read the City's Voter Update and review expanded candidate statements at www.srcity.org/2014candidates.

STUDY – campaign materials, which provide an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves, as well as their values and vision for the City.

VISIT www.smartvoter.org, an unbiased, nonpartisan website made available to the public through partnerships with the League of Women Voters and election officials. Campaign disclosure statements can be viewed at www.srcity.org/election. Information about Santa Rosa’s Measure N can be viewed at www.srcity.org/measuren.

WATCH – the Sonoma County League of Women Voters candidate forum to be scheduled for playback on Comcast Channel 26 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. Visit www.lwvsonoma.org for more information.

CONNECT – with candidates on the campaign trail. Interact with candidates directly to discuss their views and ask the questions that are important to you.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

The following persons have qualified for the 2014 Santa Rosa City Council ballot:

Candidate Name

Declared
(501 Filed)

Papers
Issued

Papers
Filed

Petition Qualified

Curtis Byrd

10/25/13

07/16/14

08/06/14

Y

Chris Coursey

08/28/13

07/14/14

08/07/14

Y

Ashle Crocker 07/29/14 07/24/14 08/08/14

Y

Colleen Fernald 08/13/14 08/07/14 08/13/14

Y

Lee Pierce

03/10/14

07/16/14

08/08/14

Y

Keith Rhinehart 08/11/14 08/11/14 08/13/14

Y

John Sawyer

03/28/14

07/21/14

08/12/14

Y

Tom Schwedhelm 01/31/14 07/15/14 07/30/14

Y

Chucker Sims II 08/13/14 07/15/14 08/13/14

Y

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGULATIONS

The Local Campaign Finance Regulations page provides information and forms regarding the City's campaign finance regulations, including new robocall regulations, as specified in Santa Rosa City Code Chapter 10-32, Campaign Finance Regulations.

PUBLIC FINANCING OF CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

In 2002, Santa Rosa voters passed a City Charter amendment that provides public financing for City Council election campaigns. The purpose of public financing is to reduce the cost of Council election campaigns and increase the accessibility of Council candidates to the voters.

To qualify for public financing, a candidate must sign a Voluntary Election Campaign Spending Limit Agreement in which the candidate agrees to a total campaign expenditure limit of $49,428. Qualified candidates who agree to this expenditure limit are entitled to include candidate information on the City’s website at and in a Voter Update mailed to each Santa Rosa postal patron.

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE FILINGS

The City Clerk’s Office has contracted with NetFile to provide a free, web-based electronic campaign disclosure statement filing system. The system is fully searchable for use by the public. This ensures the highest level of transparency and accountability so that voters and members of the public can be fully informed. Elected officials, candidates, and committees who are required to file campaign disclosure statements with the City of Santa Rosa must do so through the NetFile system. Once filed, campaign statements may be viewed by visiting the Public Portal for Campaign Finance Disclosure.

FILERS: Each committee will need one user ID and password to access the NetFile system. NetFile users may access the log-in page and instructions via this link. Additionally, all committees must have a signed Signature Verification Card on file with City Clerk’s Office in order to file statements electronically. Signature verification cards must be signed and submitted for each officeholder, candidate, or principal officer and the committee treasurer.

MEASURE N

The following measure was approved by the Santa Rosa City Council for placement on the November 4, 2014, ballot:

MEASURE N

"UUT MODERNIZATION AND FAIRNESS MEASURE Shall the Utility Users Tax Ordinance (UUT) be amended to: reduce the tax rate from 5% to 4.5%; exempt low income users; modernize the ordinance to include wireless and other technologies to treat taxpayers the same regardless of technology; and help maintain essential city services, with all money staying local for services and facilities in Santa Rosa?"

For more information about Measure N or to read the full text of the measure, visit www.srcity.org/measuren or contact the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@srcity.org or (707) 543-3015 and a copy will be sent to you at no charge.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Secretary of State - Register to Vote


October 20, 2014, is the registration deadline for the November 4, 2014, election. Need to register to vote or not sure if you are registered? Visit the
Sonoma County Registrar of Voters web page. To register online, visit the Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration web page.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

Other Useful Web Sites

We are happy to assist you! If you have other election questions, please contact us by phone at (707) 543-3015 or by email at: cityclerk@srcity.org.

Terri A. Griffin, CMC, City Clerk
Stephanie Williams, CMC, Deputy City Clerk