The best thing you can do, if you are thinking you may run for public office at the June 3 primary election, is to see Julie Rodewald, County Clerk-Recorder, or her staff at the elections office in downtown San Luis Obispo.
If you want to run for mayor or one of the two city council seats up for grabs in Morro Bay, go see City Clerk Jamie Boucher at Morro Bay City Hall.
If incumbents all file for election by March 7, the nomination period will be extended to March 12 for non-incumbents. The deadline for completing nomination documents is March 7. If the incumbent for an office does not file for election by this deadline, the nomination period will be extended to March 12 for non-incumbents to file. This extension does not apply when there is no incumbent due to vacancy or term limits.
The first pre-election campaign statements, which detail campaign donations and expenditures, are due March 24.
“Attention, Candidates,” writes the county clerk-recorder’s candidate information booklet. “The County Clerk-Recorder’s Office would like to make candidate filing more efficient and less hectic by setting up appointments for candidates to take out and file nomination documents,” says the booklet, asking candidates to call 781-5228 to set up appointments.
The booklet lists questions that candidates will be asked. By setting up an appointment, the clerk-recorder’s office can ensure that most of the paperwork will be completed when the candidate arrives.
The booklet is a must for people who want to run for nearly all of the offices that will be listed on this year’s primary election June 3. For example, the booklet lists how much the annual salary is for state positions, how much the filing fee is for each position, and how many nomination signatures of registered voters are needed for each candidate.
It also shows estimates of how many “in-lieu” signatures are needed to offset the filing fee for each position. The correct amount of in-lieu signatures needed for each position is determined by the Secretary of State.
The county clerk-recorder’s office can help candidates for State offices understand what they must do.
By the way, if you change your mind after paying the filing fee, know that “all filing fees received by the Secretary of State and the county clerk-recorder are non-refundable.”
So, since fees range to as much as $3,479.74 for a run for governor, candidacies need to be seriously considered. Contact the Morro Bay City Clerk at 772-6200 to take out papers.
In any event, not much time is left for people to mount their campaigns and complete all the work that must be done in order to qualify as candidates. For more information, go to www.SLOvote.com. The SLO County Clerk-Recorder’s office can also be found on Facebook and Twitter