City and state laws impose a number of requirements and restrictions on candidates for City office, including those running for Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, City Attorney, District Attorney, Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Defender, the Board of Education and the Community College Board. Certain rules also apply to candidates for county central committees.
Officeholders with campaign committees also are subject to these rules.
The Ethics Commission has produced a Candidates’ Guide for City Elective Office, as well as public financing guides for candidates for Mayor or Supervisor, that explain these rules. Please review the Ethics Commission’s local Filing Schedules for pertinent information on when to file.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has produced a guide for all local candidates.
Candidate Disclosure Process
Candidates for City elective office
- Running for office
- Public financing program
- Running the campaign
- Disclaimer requirements
- Filing schedules
- Reporting and recordkeeping
- After the campaign
Candidates for County Central Committee
Candidates for Retirement Board, Health Service Board and Retiree Health Care Trust Board
The City’s Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance (CFRO) is found at Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code section 1.100 et seq.
The Ethics Commission has also promulgated regulations implementing CFRO.
The Candidate Disclosure Process above supplements the FPPC candidate toolkit which outlines state requirements.
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