To become a candidate for elected office (City Council Member, City Clerk, or Treasurer), you must be a registered voter and reside in the City at the time nomination forms are issued to you.All required forms and guidelines to run for office will be available from the City Clerk Department approximately five months before the election. Potential candidates are requested to schedule an informational appointment with the Chief City Clerk.
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City of San Gabriel elections are conducted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RRCC) pursuant to Senate Bill 415. As the local Elections Official, the Chief City Clerk assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during, and after an election, including the filing of campaign disclosure documents; and prepares reports and legal documents necessary for election coordination with the RRCC.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of even-numbered years.
You may obtain the required forms in the City Clerk Department, 425 S Mission Drive, or you may download forms from Fair Political Practices Commission website: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules.html
The forms required include:1. Forms 501: Candidate Intention Form – To start the candidate process.When to file: Before you solicit or receive any contributions or before you make expenditures from personal funds on behalf of your candidacy.2. Form 410: Campaign Committee Form – If raising or spending $1,000* or more.When to file: Within 10 days of receiving $1,000* in contributions. The date this form is postmarked is the date it is considered filed.Where to file: Original filed with Secretary of State; copy given to City Clerk Department.*The personal funds of a candidate or officeholder used in connection with seeking or holding elective office are contributions and are counted toward qualifying as a recipient committee. However, personal funds used to pay a candidate filing fee or a fee for the statement of qualifications to appear in the ballot pamphlet are not counted toward the $1,000 threshold.
Ballots are counted at the RRCC headquarters in Norwalk. Unofficial results are posted on their website at https://lavote.net until final election results are certified. Updates are also available on the City of San Gabriel website. Once the election results have been certified, they are presented to the City Council at the next regular or special City Council meeting.