City Elections and Campaign Finance
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:
|Nomination Period Opens
|Nomination Period Closes
|Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable)
|Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing
|First Day Campaign Signs May Be Erected
|First Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due
|Last Date to Register to Vote
|Second Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due
|Third Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due
|Deadline to Certify Election Results
EXTENSION OF NOMINATION PERIOD
The candidate nomination period for the November 4, 2014, General Municipal Election will be extended to Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. for non-incumbent candidates to obtain and file nomination papers for the office of City Council Member. Download the City Clerk's Information Advisory for more information.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE INFORMATION
The City Council Candidate Information page provides information regarding offices for election in November 2014 and updated City Council Candidate information.
The following measure was approved by the Santa Rosa City Council for placement on the November 4, 2014, ballot:
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?
The deadline for primary arguments concerning Measure N is Monday, August 18, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. The deadline for rebuttal arguments concerning Measure N is Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. Ballot argument forms (Statement of Accuracy) may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 10, or by contacting the City Clerk's Office at (707) 543-3015 or email@example.com.
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
The Public Financing page provides information regarding the City's provision of public financing for eligible City Council candidates as specified in Santa Rosa City Code Chapter 10-33, Public Financing of Council Election Campaigns.
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.
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.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Santa Rosa City Code section 10-33.020 requires the City website contain a link to the League of Women Voters website so long as that website does not endorse or oppose candidates, covers Santa Rosa City Council elections, and provides equal access on the website to all City Council candidates.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri A. Griffin, CMC, City Clerk
Stephanie Williams, CMC, Deputy City Clerk