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City Elections and Campaign Finance 

The City Clerk's Office is responsible for conducting municipal elections within the City of Santa Rosa. The following information has been prepared to help guide voters of the City of Santa Rosa, potential candidates for office, and individuals and organizations participating in City elections.


The next General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 

Referendum Petition Fraud Complaints

We have received complaints alleging that individuals circulating a referendum petition objecting to the City Council’s adoption of a rent control ordinance have provided misleading information to voters considering whether to sign the petition. If you wish to file a complaint regarding potential petition fraud, please contact the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 528-5222; for emergencies, call 911.

2016 Council Candidates Qualified for Public Financing


On August 9, 2016, the Council took action by Resolution No. 28836 to order the submission of a measure relating to the City’s Public Safety Spending Levels Ordinance and Resolution No. 28837 to order the submission of a measure relating to the City’s Services at the general municipal election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 

Offices to be Elected

Four at-large City Council seats (current incumbents are Council Members Erin Carlstrom, Julie Combs, Ernesto Olivares, and Gary Wysocky)

Terms of Office

Four years

Nomination Period

The candidate nomination period for the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016, unless extended.  

The candidate nomination period will be extended five (5) days – until August 17, 2016 – if any eligible incumbent does not file nomination papers by 5:00 p.m. on August 12, 2016.

Candidate Information

The 2016 Candidate Information List will be updated as individuals file a Candidate Intention Statement (FPPC Form 501) or Statement of Organization for a Recipient Committee (FPPC Form 410), as nomination papers are issued and filed, and when candidates have qualified for public financing. The materials submitted by each candidate are available for public review at the City Clerk's Office following the close of nominations in August 2016.

The following are key dates for the November 8, 2016 election:

Event Date
Nomination Period Opens 07/18/16
Nomination Period Closes 08/12/16
Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable) 08/17/16
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing 08/18/16
First Day Campaign Signs May Be Erected 09/09/16
First Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 09/29/16
Last Date to Register to Vote 10/24/16
Second Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 10/27/16
Third Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due 11/04/16
Election Day 11/08/16
Deadline to Certify Election Results 12/06/16

Campaign Finance Regulations

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

Public Financing for City Council Elections

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 campaign expenditure limit adjusted annually for inflation (the 2016 limit is $51,879). Candidates who qualified for public financing and 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.

Voter Registration

Secretary of State - Register to Vote

October 24, 2016, is the registration deadline for the November 8, 2016, 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.


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

Daisy Gomez, City Clerk