Elections

ELECTIONS

The City of Petaluma conducts general municipal elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. The right to vote is a fundamental freedom guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. It allows us the right to choose the people who represent us and make the laws that we all live under. We encourage you to register to vote and, if you're interested, to run for public office.

The City Clerk serves as the City’s Election Official who, with support from the Napa County Registrar of Voters, administers Federal, State and Local procedures through which local government representatives are elected. The City Clerk assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during and after an election. From election pre-planning to certification of election results and filing of final campaign disclosure documents, the City Clerk manages the elections process which forms the foundation of our democratic system of government.

DISTRICT ELECTIONS

The upcoming November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election will be the first district-based election for the City of Petaluma and for the Petaluma City Schools District. Use the City's district lookup tool to find your voting district and additional information and resources: FIND MY DISTRICT

To learn more about the City of Petaluma's transition to district elections in 2022, please CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the Petaluma City Schools districting process, and to find your board area, please CLICK HERE.

NOVEMBER 8, 2022, GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION

  • City of Petaluma District 1 Councilmember, to serve a four-year term
  • City of Petaluma District 2 Councilmember, to serve a four-year term
  • City of Petaluma District 3 Councilmember, to serve a four-year term
  • City of Petaluma At-Large Mayor, to serve a four-year term
  • Petaluma City Schools Board Area 2 Trustee, to serve a four-year term
  • Petaluma City Schools Board Area 3 Trustee, to serve a four-year term
  • Petaluma City Schools Board Area 5 Trustee, to serve a four-year term

HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE

  1. You must live within, and be a registered voter within the jurisdiction for which you are running (within the district for a Councilmember seat, within the board area for a Trustee seat, or within the city for the Mayor seat). Find your district or board area using the mapping tools listed above.
  2. The nomination period runs from July 18, 2022 – August 12, 2022. If the incumbent Mayor whose term is expiring does NOT run for reelection, the nomination period for the Mayor seat will be extended for non-incumbents to August 17, 2022. There are no incumbents for the newly established Districts/Board Areas so the nomination period for those seats will close at 5:00 p.m. on August 12. Appointments are required to pull and file nomination papers. Please contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule an appointment.
  3. During the nomination period:
    1. Make an initial appointment with the City Clerk to pull nomination papers. During the meeting the City Clerk will provide information and forms, and issue the official nomination petition. Appointments are scheduled during normal City Hall hours, Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm.
    2. Gather the signatures on the nomination petition of at least 20 but no more than 30 individuals who are registered voters in the jurisdiction/district for which you are running.
    3. Make a second appointment with the City Clerk to turn in the nomination petition as well as other required forms. If you have sufficient signatures, and your forms are complete, you would become an official candidate. Appointments are scheduled during normal City Hall hours, Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES

Candidates must file a FPPC Form 501 before soliciting or receiving contributions. This form is to be filed hard-copy at the City Clerk's Office. This form is considered filed the date it is postmarked or hand delivered. The City Clerk's Office has limited counter hours, from 10am - 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The form can be mailed outside of those hours and will be considered filed as of the date it is postmarked.

Additional campaign finance filings are due throughout the election period. All filings are to be submitted electronically through the City's approved filing system: NetFile.

Information regarding when and where to file the various statements is available here: https://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules.html  and will be provided and discussed during the initial appointment with the City Clerk.

All campaign finance disclosures are available to the public here: Disclosures and Filings

CANDIDATES FOR 2022 ELECTION

Candidates for the 2022 General Municipal Election will be listed here as nomination papers are pulled and filed. Individuals are considered "official" candidates upon the qualification of nomination papers.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES LISTED BY SEAT

Name District/Seat Contact Information Nomination Papers Pulled Nomination Papers Filed Qualified Candidate
D'Lynda Fischer City of Petaluma
At-Large Mayor
N/A 7/18/2022
Kevin McDonnell City of Petaluma
At-Large Mayor
N/A 7/18/2022
Patrick Flower City of Petaluma
At-Large Mayor
Phone: 707-769-0416
Address: 1917 Falcon Ridge Dr
7/19/2022
Susan Kirks City of Petaluma
At-Large Mayor
Phone: 707-779-9788
Address: 911 Lakeville St., #142
8/4/2022
Cameron Blair City of Petaluma
District 1 Councilmember
Phone: 707-548-4379 7/19/2022
Janice Cader Thompson City of Petaluma
District 1 Councilmember
Phone: 707-774-5912
Address: 732 Carlsbad Ct
7/21/2022
Dylan Lloyd City of Petaluma
District 1 Councilmember
Phone: 707-527-2527
Address: 1425 Sylvia Way
7/28/2022
Bobb Kosoff City of Petaluma
District 2 Councilmember
Phone: 707-779-2466 7/26/2022 8/1/2022 Yes
David Adams City of Petaluma
District 2 Councilmember
Phone: 707-694-0988 8/1/2022 8/4/2022 Yes
John Shribbs City of Petaluma
District 2 Councilmember
Phone: 707-479-5651
Address: 108 Wyndham Way
8/2/2022
David Garti City of Petaluma
District 2 Councilmember
Phone: 831-454-6440
Address: 137 Penrod Dr.
8/3/2022
John Hanania City of Petaluma
District 3 Councilmember
Phone: 707-766-4754
Address: 1505 Eric Ct
7/18/2022
Esaia Gonzalez City of Petaluma
District 3 Councilmember
Phone: 619-241-6632
Address: 1400 Technology Ln
7/18/2022
Karen Nau City of Petaluma
District 3 Councilmember
Phone: 707-529-2487
Address: 1268 Berrydale Dr
7/19/2022

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES LISTED BY SEAT

Name District/Seat Contact Information Nomination Papers Pulled Nomination Papers Filed Qualified Candidate
Caitlin Quinn Petaluma City School Board
Area 2 Trustee
Phone: 707-318-4561
Address: 1300 McGregor Ave
7/25/2022 8/1/2022 Pending
Mady Cloud Petaluma City School Board
Area 3 Trustee
Phone: 707-363-9079
Address: 1007 Phillips Ave
7/25/2022
Joanna Paun Petaluma City School Board
Area 5 Trustee
Phone: 415-302-9881
Address: 1515 Abercrombie Way
7/19/2022 7/26/2022 Yes

POLITICAL AND CAMPAIGN SIGNS

Political and campaign signs do not require a permit. Signs on behalf of candidates or measures shall be erected not earlier than 90 days prior to the election (Wednesday, August 10, 2022) and shall be removed within 15 days after such election (Wednesday, November 23, 2022). Additional restrictions, including size and permitted locations, are listed in Section 20.100 of the City's Implementing Zoning Ordinance, available here: Zoning Ordinance Section 20.100.

Voter Information

For information about voter registration, polling places, mail-in ballots and other election-related details, please check out the following websites:

Secretary of State Elections Division

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

 

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City Clerk's Office

City Clerk's Office
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
[email protected]
(707) 778-4360

City Clerk's Office Hours:

Virtually 8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Thurs
In-Person 10:00am-2:00pm Tues/Thurs
Closed on Fridays
Also available by appointment
*Nomination papers may be pulled and filed by appointment only

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