Elections

ELECTION INFO

The City Clerk serves as the Election Official for the City of Petaluma as well as the Petaluma City Schools District.

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. To learn more about the City of Petaluma districting process, and to find your district, please CLICK HERE or 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

The following seats are 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 available on the districting websites 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.
  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.
    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 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.

Also note, candidates must file a FPPC Form 501 before soliciting or receiving contributions. Additional campaign finance filings are due throughout the election period. 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.

Candidates will be listed here as they qualify for office.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

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

 

Petaluma city hall photo

When we all vote, we can make a difference in our community.

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