Bren Lehr, City Clerk Administrator conducts and administers Municipal Elections that are generally consolidated with the County Elections Department. For current and past election information, please visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department website.

Election Information

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Council Candidates

The Candidate Nomination Period for the 2016 election has not yet been established. Please contact City Clerk Administrator Bren Lehr at 831-420-5038 for more information. Section 602 (Qualifications) of the City Charter states "A person shall be eligible to be nominated for, or to hold office as a member of the Council, only if such person is a registered qualified voter of this City, and shall have been for at least thirty (30) days next preceding nomination or appointment, a resident of the City of Santa Cruz, or of territory annexed thereto."

For more information on the election process please click on the link to the Candidate Information FAQ. The 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

List of Election Documents:

Candidates who wish to pull election papers must file the following documents to qualify as a City Council Candidate:
  • Nomination Paper (must have no less than 20 signatures of valid registered voters)
  • Ballot Designation Worksheet
  • Candidate Statement Agreement & Checklist
  • Internet Permission
  • Statement of Financial Worth (optional to file)
  • Code of Fair Political Practice (optional to file)
  • CalTrans Agreement Letter RE: Political Sign Display
  • Voluntary Expenditure and Mandatory Contribution Limitations Agreement
  • FPPC Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests) 
Submitting a Ballot Measure

How to do a City Initiative [PDF] 
  • Proponents who wish to place a measure on the 2016 ballot must refer to the above guidelines and contact Bren Lehr, City Clerk Administrator at 831-420-5038 with questions;
  • Petition signatures must be submitted to the City Clerk Administrator by no later than 180 days after public notification of petition circulation;
  • Adoption of an ordinance requires petition signatures of no less than 10% of valid registered voters, and Charter Amendments require petition signatures of no less than 15% of valid registered voters.
Voluntary Spending Limits

Candidates who agree to abide by the City of Santa Cruz’s voluntary campaign finance reform spending limits receive a free statement on the City's website. City Council candidate statements are posted by the City in the form submitted by the candidate without editing, proofreading, or spell-checking by City staff. The opinions and statements set forth are those of the candidates to whom they are attributed and do not reflect the City’s official positions on issues addressed in the statement. The candidate’s statement is not a City endorsement of any candidate’s candidacy. The information is submitted to the voters by the City as a service to assist voters and for informational purposes only, and the statement is not intended to, and does not, exempt any candidate or statement author from civil or criminal liability for any false, slanderous, or libelous statements set forth on the City’s website.


The elective officers of this City shall be seven councilmembers who shall constitute the Council. They shall be elected from the City at large as provided in ARTICLE VII for a term of four years and until their successors have been elected and qualified. The Council shall be the legislative body of this City, each of the members of which, including the Mayor, shall have the right to vote upon all questions before it. No member of the Council shall be eligible for re-election for two years (i.e. one general election cycle) after the expiration of the second consecutive full term for which such person was elected.
(Amended 3-6-79; 11-2-2004 [Measure M])

Election Resources
California Elections Code [HTML]
Current City Councilmembers and Past City Council Candidate FPPC Forms (410, 460, 501, etc.)

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