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Bonnie Bush, 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.

Registering to vote is easier then ever. Clicking on one of the below buttons will redirect you to the Secretary of State online voter registration website.

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Prospective candidates who wish to run for City Councilmember in the upcoming November 2020 election MUST do the following prior to campaigning (or can submit forms during the Nomination Period):

  1. File an FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
  2. After filing an FPPC Form 501, should a candidate begin to campaign and raise funds he/or she must also file an originally signed FPPC Form 410with the Secretary of State (copy of the form to be submitted to Bonnie in the Clerk's office) within 10 days of receiving $2,000.  

Instructions for both forms are on the first page of each form. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly, and contact Bonnie should you have questions. Prospective candidates can mail or drop off their FPPC forms at City of Santa Cruz, 809 Center Street, Rm 9, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 

Current Councilmembers, Measures, and Current and Past City Council Candidate FPPC Forms (410, 460, 501, etc.)



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.

Ordinance No. 2000-11 - limits campaign expenditures by candidates.

Ordinance No. 2002-07 - amends Ordinance No. 2000-11.

Ordinance No. 2002-14 - amends Ordinance No. 2002-07 to include limitations on campaign contributions to candidates.

Ordinance No. 2004-16 - an additional ordinance enacted pertaining to City Council Election Campaign expenditures and contributions.

Ordinance No. 2014-06 - the ordinance was amended again to set a voluntary campaign expenditure limitation cap to be calculated at $0.60 per city resident and establish a mandatory contribution limitation of $350 per individual and organization, indexed by $50.00 five year incremental increases. 

Ordinance No. 2020-10 - the ordinance was amended to clean up outdated language and, per the initial ordinance, the contribution limit increased by $50 for 2020 elections. 

Candidates who agree to the campaign spending and contribution limitations are entitled to be featured (at no charge to themselves) on the City's website.

The expenditure limitation cap is established every election year by using the most recent census records and a rate per City resident.

The 2020 election year VOLUNTARY expenditure limit is $38,654,40 (64,424 residents x $.60). The MANDATORY contribution limit is $400 per individual and organization. Candidates must agree to:

  • Spend $1,000 in support of their candidacy or procure 250 signatures of City electors
  • Form a controlled committee
  • Accept voluntary contribution and mandatory contribution limits
  • Provide information from any organization upon the request of the City of Santa Cruz

For help with election information, please contact Bonnie Bush, City Clerk Administrator at (831) 420-5035.



Term Expiration

Eligible for another
4-year Term

Martine Watkins

December 2020


Mayor Justin Cummings

December 2022


Vice Mayor Donna Meyers

December 2022


Cynthia Mathews

December 2020

No - termed out in 2020

Renee Golder

December 2022


Katherine Beiers

December 2020

Yes, in 2020

Sandy Brown

December 2020

Yes, in 2020