November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election

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Claremont is a General Law City governed by a five-member City Council. Claremont General Municipal Elections are conducted in November of even-numbered years and are consolidated with the County of Los Angeles. City Council Members are non-partisan positions, serve a four-year term, and do not have term limits. Terms are staggered, so that two seats are voted on during one election cycle and three seats during the next cycle.

 

Running for Office

In February 2019, the City transitioned from at-large elections to a district-based election system. The by-district system divides the City into geographic areas. Voters will select a Council candidate from their district every four years. The next General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020. The election will be for two (2) Councilmember District Seats (Districts 1 and 5).

 

District

Next Election Date

1 and 5

November 3, 2020

2, 3 and 4

November 8, 2022

 

Interactive District Map. Verify your Council District by address.

District Map 124a_Page_1

Eligibility to Run for Claremont City Council

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A resident and qualified elector of your district. 

 

Nomination Period

The nomination period opens Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., and closes on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The candidate packet to run for District 1 or 5 in November 2020 can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk or on the City website. The candidate packet will include, but not be limited to the following material, which will be filed by candidates during the nomination period:

 

1. Nomination Paper

Each candidate is required to receive not less than twenty (20) and no more than thirty (30) valid signatures. Signers must be registered voters of Claremont residing in the District in which they are signing nomination papers for.  If the signer is ineligible, the signature will not be counted.  Signers must sign and print their name and address clearly.  If the nomination paper is found to be insufficient, a supplemental paper may be issued to the candidate and shall be filed by the above deadline date.

The Nomination Paper form will be provided by the City Clerk to each candidate during the nomination period.

 

2. Affidavit of Nominee and Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance

The Affidavit is an official document in which the candidate indicates how his or her name and ballot designation is to appear on the ballot and declares if elected, will accept the nomination. It is to be completed and filed at the time all other nomination papers are filed.

Affidavit of Nominee and Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance Form 

 

3. Ballot Designation Worksheet

The ballot designation describes the current profession, vocation, occupation, or incumbency status of the candidate that will appear on the ballot under the candidate’s name.

Ballot designations:

  • Can be no more than three words.
  • Must appear on the Declaration of Candidacy (located in the front of the Candidate Filing Guide).
  • Becomes public record once the information is filed on the Declaration of Candidacy; ballot designations cannot be changed after the final date to file nomination documents.

Ballot Designation Worksheet and Guidelines

 

4. Candidate Statement (Optional)

Candidates may prepare a 200-word Candidate Statement to be printed and mailed to voters in the Official Sample Ballot Booklet.  Content of the statement shall be limited to a discussion of the name, age, occupation, education and qualifications of the candidate. Candidate Statements will be translated into all languages required by the County of Los Angeles. This is reflected in City Council Resolution 2020-43 Section 2 A and B. If a candidate chooses to prepare a statement to be included in the official sample ballot booklet, he/she shall pay $400 or $800 toward the cost of printing the statement. ($400 is for English only, $800 is for English and Spanish)

Candidate Statement Form

 

5. Transliteration Form

The County will transliterate your name in Armenian, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai. Candidates will also be permitted to submit their own transliterations for each or all of these languages. A review period will be established to allow candidates to request changes prior to the deadline set to print translated Official Sample Ballot Booklets. Various minority community groups and news media assist this office by reviewing submitted transliterations to insure uniform name recognition within the community. Once transliterations are considered final, no further changes or submission of transliteration requests will be accepted after the review period. There will be no exceptions.

Transliteration Form

 

6. Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest

Form 700 must be completed by all candidates filing for the office of councilmember and filed with the nomination papers by the filing deadline (see Candidate Calendar). The completed Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests is then forwarded to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) in Sacramento, is available for public inspection and is subject to audit by the FPPC.  The form discloses certain financial interests including investments, interests in real property, income and gifts.  Information related to filing Form 700, as well as an electronic version of the form can be found at the Fair Political Practices Commission website.

Form 700

 

7. Code of Fair Campaign Practices (Optional)

At the time an individual is issued his or her nomination paper, the elections official shall give the individual a blank form of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and a copy of Government Code Section 20440-20444. The elections official shall inform each candidate for public office that subscription to the code is voluntary.

Code of Fair Campaign Practices Form and Government Code Section 20440-20444

 

Candidate Resources (Some Information Subject to Change)

  1. 2020 Candidate Filing Guide
  2. Claremont Campaign Contributions Limit Ordinance
  3. Taxpayer Protection Act
  4. California Fair Political Practices Commission Manual 2 (local candidates campaign disclosure manual)
  5. California Fair Political Practices Commission Candidate’s Toolkit
  6. Placement of Political Signs (City, State)
  7. Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk
  8. California Secretary of State
  9. Fair Political Practices Commission Political Reform Act
  10. FPPC Candidate/Treasurer Workshop (from August 22, 2018) PowerPoint
  11. FPPC Candidate/Treasurer Workshop (from August 22, 2018) Audio
  12. 2020 FPPC Election Calendar

 

2020 Election Calendar

CALENDAR FOR CANDIDATES

DATE

EVENT/REQUIREMENT

July 13 – August 10, 2020

NOMINATION PERIOD

Between these dates, candidates may obtain nomination materials and file document with the City Clerk

August 11 – 20, 2020

PUBLIC EXAMINATION PERIOD

Public review period for candidate statements and ballot designations.

August 13, 2020

RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING

Secretary of State to conduct Random Alpha Draw for candidate name order on the ballot.

October 24, 2020 – November 2, 2020

VOTE CENTERS OPEN

Early voting at vote center locations TBD

November 3, 2020

ELECTION DAY

December 2020 (Council meeting date TBD)

CERTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Certificate of election results and installation of newly elected officials

 

2020 FPPC FILING DEADLINES

DATE

EVENT/REQUIREMENT

Before a candidate begins receiving contributions

CANDIDATE INTENTION STATEMENT (FORM 501)

File with City Clerk

Once $2,000 or more has been raised or spent 

 

STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION (FORM 410)

File with Secretary of State, Copy City Clerk

January 31, 2020

SEMI-ANNUAL STATEMENT DUE (FORM 460)

(Period July 1 through December 31, 2019)

July 31, 2020

SEMI-ANNUAL STATEMENT DUE (FORM 460)

Period January 1 through June 30, 2020)

Within 24 Hours

August 5 – November 3, 2020

CONTRIBUTION REPORTS (FORM 496 OR 497)

Contributions totaling $1,000 or more

September 24, 2020

1ST PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN STATEMENT DUE

(FORM 460)

Period July 1 through September 19, 2020)

October 22, 2020

2ND PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN STATEMENT DUE

(FORM 460)

Period September 20, 2020 through October 17, 2020

February 1, 2021

SEMI-ANNUAL STATEMENT DUE (FORM 460)

Period October 18, 2020 through December 31, 2020