November 3, 2020 - Election Information
District 1 and District 2 Elections will be held in the City of Campbell on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, to elect one City Councilmember per district to serve a four year-term.
District Based Election
In 2019 the City of Campbell transitioned to district-based elections. The November 3, 2020 Election will be the City of Campbell's first district-based election. In a district-based election, voters will only vote for the City Council seats up for election in their specific district. All five current Councilmembers will serve at-large until the end of their current terms. Each of the current Councilmembers resides in their district. At the end of their terms, the Councilmembers that have not met their term limits can run for re-election by district.
About the City Council
The City Council is made up of five Councilmembers that serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Vice Mayor are appointed by Council annually in December and serve a one year term in the capacity. Regular City Council Meetings are typically held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. In addition to attending regular and study session meetings, Councilmembers also are required to serve on various City/County/regional committees.
Eligibility for Candidacy
To be eligible to run for City Council, a person must be 18 years of age or older, a registered voter, and a resident within the district the candidate seeks to represent for not less than 30 days preceding the date of filing candidate papers.
Current incumbent for District 2 did not file a Declaration of Candidacy, therefore the nomination period for District 2 has been extended five days from August 8 through August 12, 2020.
FOR DISTRICT 2 ONLY - The nomination period has been extended from August 8, 2020 through August 12, 2020. During this time his is when you may obtain a nomination packet, which includes the forms needed to run for office. Please contact City Clerk Office at 408-866-2117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Nomination packets are only issued during the official nomination period. The nominations packet will include the official form necessary for candidates to obtain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of Campbell.
CANDIDATE GUIDELINES FOR ISSUING AND SUBMITTING NOMINATION PAPERWORK
Because of the COVID-19 and stay at home order issued by the Governor, the City of Campbell is electing to provide candidates with support and options for issuing and filing documents during the November 3, 2020 election nomination period. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure candidates and elections officials have a healthy and safe environment during the candidate filing process.
1. Issuing Candidate Nomination Documents During the Nomination Period: August 8, 2020 to August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - Candidates may be issued nomination documents electronically or in-person during available business hours by appointment, by USPS mail, and/or by Zoom, an online video conferencing service in conjunction with the issuance of documents via a secured email invitation to a OneDrive folder.
Below are the following candidate guidelines:
a. Candidates must first contact the City Clerk’s Office at (408) 866-2117 to speak with an Election Official to determine preference for receiving nomination documents and, if applicable, invitation to a secured OneDrive folder by one or more of the following methods:
i. By USPS Mail; or,
ii. Appointment in person during available business hours; or,
iii. Appointment via online video conferencing service.
b. If the candidate is requesting to receive documents electronically, the City Clerk’s Office will send the candidate a “Request to Receive Documents” form that must be filled out and returned by the candidate via USPS mail, by overnight service, or via email. To meet the requirements of Elections Code section 8028(b), the Request to Receive Documents form must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office prior to issuing nomination documents to the candidate.
c. The candidate will receive nomination documents via their preferred choice by way of one or more of the following methods:
i. Hard copy by USPS mail; or
ii. Online via email invitation to a secured OneDrive folder; or
iii. By Zoom, an online video conferencing service in conjunction with a secured email invitation to a OneDrive folder.
2. Execution of Candidate Documents - Any documents that require an oath by the candidate may be executed by one or more of the following methods:
a. In the presence of a notary then delivered to the City Clerk’s Office at the preference of the candidate via USPS mail (with original wet signature(s), preferably in blue ink); or
b. In-person during available business hours, by appointment.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL executed documents must be submitted at the same time as all other nomination documents via the preferred method of the candidate noted below in Section 3.
3. Receipt of Candidate Documents and Filing Deadlines - A candidate may electronically submit his or her completed documents to the City Clerk’s Office so that the Election Official may begin the review and verification process as soon as is practicable.
a. In order to be a qualified candidate for the office in which he or she seeks, the completed documents with original signatures, preferably in blue ink, must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by the close of the nomination period (5:00 p.m. on August 12, 2020) for that particular office.
PLEASE NOTE: Electronic versions of forms will be used solely for the purpose of review by the City Clerk’s Office to process and verify candidate information and will not deem a candidate as qualified to run for office until such time as the original documents are received and the Election Official approves the candidates application.
4. To submit the original documents, the candidate may do so during available business hours by one or more of the following methods:
a. In person by appointment; or
b. By USPS mail (hard copy of documents with wet signatures, preferable in blue ink) or overnight service
c. Other delivery service upon submission of a signed "Authorization Form For Another Person to Obtain or File Nomination Documents" to the City Clerks Office.
Candidate StatementCandidate Statements are optional and are limited to 200 words. The statement is published in the Sample Ballot and mailed to all registered voters. If you choose to have a candidate statement, you are responsible for a paying a portion of the cost which the City has set at $300.
For information regarding the conduct of Municipal Elections, please refer to the California Election Code.
The following persons have qualified as candidates to run for City Council in the November 3, 2020, Campbell Election:
Anne Souza, District 1
Terrence Hines, District 1
Susan M. Landry, District 1
Carol Hoffman, District 2
Sergio Lopez, District 2
To register to vote, you must be at least 18 years of age by election day, a U.S. citizen, a California resident, and not currently imprisoned or on parole for a felony. You can register to vote online or by completing a registration form available at the Register of Voter's Office, U.S. Post Offices, Public Libraries, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other government offices.
To request a vote by mail ballot, please contact the Register of Voters at (408) 299-8640 or at www.sccgov.org.
The first day for mailing of vote by mail ballots is October 5, 2020.
Early voting period at the Registrar of Voters Office is October 5 - November 2, 2020.
The last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 Election is October 20, 2020
Vote Centers will be open to all registered voters in Santa Clara County, October 24 - November 3, 2020.
The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 27, 2020
All vote centers and the Registrar of Voters Office will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day November 3, 2020.
To find your polling place, click here.
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Election Related Links:
California Secretary of State
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
Fair Political Practices Commission