In preparation for the 2020 general municipal election on Nov. 3, the San Ramon City Clerk’s Office will be hosting an informational meeting for residents interested in running for office to learn about the election process.
Set to be held via teleconferencing application Zoom on Tuesday (June 30), city officials say the meeting will provide valuable information on how to run for one of the three local government seats up for grabs in November's election.
This year, three seats are up for grabs in San Ramon: Mayor's seat (two years), City Council District 1 seat (four years) and City Council District 3 seat (four years) all up for election.
Specifically, attendees for Tuesday's meeting will receive an overview of forms, campaign reporting requirements and important timelines, all things local candidates need to know in order to run a campaign.
The November 2020 election will also mark the first time the city will seek to elect candidates on a district-based voting method, as opposed to the previous process of at-large voting.
That means that residents can only vote for City Council candidates running in their geographic area. So, in San Ramon's case, only residents in District 1 and District 3 will vote for their City Council representative (plus mayor, which is still elected at-large). Voters in District 2 and 4 will only get to cast a ballot for the mayoral seat.
While mayoral candidates can live anywhere within San Ramon's boundaries, residents interested in running for council in the Nov. 3 election will need to either live in District 1 (which primarily encompasses the northwestern section of the city), or District 3 (which covers most of the Dougherty Valley in the city's eastern quadrant).
For residents interested in running, the period to file nomination papers opens on July 13 and ends Aug. 7.
City officials also want residents to know that they don't have to be a prospective candidate to attend the event; anyone with an interest in learning more about local elections and city government are encouraged to tune in, they said.
The pre-nomination candidate information meeting is free to attend and set to be held on Tuesday (June 30) at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Interested viewers can log in using Webinar ID 965 8922 5676 when prompted. Residents can also listen in by calling 1-669-900-6833.