City Elections and Campaign Finance
The City Clerk's Office is responsible for the conduct of 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.
2016 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION
The next General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will 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
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.
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:
|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
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 2014 limit was $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.
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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Stephanie Williams, CMC, Interim City Clerk