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.

2020 City Council Election

Voters will elect 2 members to serve on the City Council during the November 2020 General Municipal Election.

Election Workshop - June 30

Did you miss the Election Workshop for prospective candidates on June 30? Email City Clerk Debbie Bretschneider to request a copy of the video and slides. Topics covered in the presentation included eligibility to run for office, how to receive and file Nomination Papers, campaign finance disclosure requirements, filing deadlines, and more. 

Eligibility

To run for City Council, a person must be a resident, 18 years and older, and registered to vote in the City of Saratoga.

Nomination Period

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.

For the November 2020 General Municipal Election, the Nomination Period will begin Monday, July 13, and end Friday, August 7. If an incumbent fails to file Nomination Papers with the City Clerk by August 7, the Nomination Period will be extended to August 12

Nomination Papers

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 must make an appointment with the City Clerk to pick up and drop off nomination papers. Face masks are also required.

Ballot Designation

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. 

The estimated pro-rata cost for Candidate Statements in the 2020 General Municipal Election is $3,810.

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 do not have a committee and 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. 

In the 90 days before Election Day, committees must file a Form 497 with the City Clerk within 24 hours of receiving contributions that in aggregate amount to $1,000 or more from a single source. The Form 497 may be submitted by email, guaranteed overnight mail, in person, or by fax. 

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. 

Completed Campaign Disclosure Forms

The completed disclosure forms of committees that file with the City of Saratoga are available on the City website.

Campaign Signs

Please consult the City of Saratoga City Code Section 15.30.060(e) to ensure that your signs are placed at proper locations as mentioned. You may also contact the Code Compliance Officer.