City Council Elections
About The City Council
- Council Members are elected at-large and serve a 4-year term.
- The Mayor and Vice Mayor are appointed every year in December by the City Council and serve for one year.
- Regular City Council Meetings are held on the first, and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
To run for City Council, a person must be a resident, 18 years and older, and registered to vote in the City of Saratoga.
Every election begins with a “nomination period.” This is the period of time that begins 113 days before the day of the election and ends 88 days before the day of the election. This is the period at which time you may obtain a nomination packet, which includes the forms needed. The completed packet must be submitted to the City Clerk to run as a candidate for City Council.
Your official nomination papers will be included in your nomination packet. To qualify as a candidate, you must obtain the signature of at least 20, but no more than 30, registered voters in Saratoga.
There is a $25.00 filing fee. Candidates must also pay for the cost of the Candidate Statement of Qualifications, if they would like to include a statement in voter information materials produced by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
Candidates are strongly advised to make an appointment with the City Clerk to pick up and drop off nomination papers.
This is the word, or group of not more than three words, that will appear on the ballot under your name. It designates your principal profession, vocation or occupation, subject to certain requirements of the Elections Code.
Candidate Statement of Qualifications
The statement is limited to 400 words by the Elections Code. The statement is published in the sample ballot and mailed to all registered voters. If you choose to have a candidate statement, you will be responsible for the cost of printing, translating and publishing the statement in the Sample Ballot.
Campaign Disclosure Forms
The candidate must fill out and submit Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement, before the candidate can solicit or receive any contributions for their candidacy. This form is filed with the City Clerk.
The Form 410 – Statement of Organization must be submitted once a candidate receives contributions (including loans) that total $2,000 or more in a calendar year. The Form 410 must be submitted to the Secretary of State along with a check in the amount of $50. A copy should be filed with the City Clerk. The Form 410 may be submitted before reaching the $2,000 threshold for qualifying as a committee. After the Secretary of State receives the Form 410 and payment for the Campaign Committee Fee, the committee’s identification number will be posted online.
Campaign contributions and expenditures must also be reported. The Form 470 is filed by officeholders and candidates who did not receive contributions or expend funds totaling $2,000 or more during the calendar year. The Form 460 is filed by committees to report expenditures and contributions.
Candidates must also disclose all of their economic interests to qualify as a candidate. A Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interest is due with nomination papers before the close of the nomination period.