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General Municipal Elections

Bren Lehr, City Clerk Administrator conducts and administers Municipal Elections that are generally consolidated with the County Elections Department. For current and past election information, please visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department website.

November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial General Election

County Elections Candidate Information Night

Candidate filing season has arrived and the County Clerk/Elections Department in conjunction with the Cities of Santa Cruz County have arranged information nights to answer any questions potential candidates may have. 

Council Candidates

For more information on the upcoming election please click on the link to the Candidate Information FAQ. The 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 1.

Submitting a Ballot Measure

How to do a City Initiative [PDF] 
  • Proponents who wish to place a measure on the 2014 ballot must refer to the above guidelines and contact Bren Lehr, City Clerk Administrator at 831-420-5038 with questions;
  • Petition signatures must be submitted to the City Clerk Administrator by no later than May 16, 2014;
  • Adoption of an ordinance requires petition signatures of no less than 10% of valid registered voters, and Charter Amendments require petition signatures of no less than 15% of valid registered voters.

Voluntary Spending Limits

Candidates who agree to abide by the City of Santa Cruz’ voluntary campaign finance reform spending limits receive a free statement on the City's website. City Council candidate statements are posted by the City in the form submitted by the candidate without editing, proofreading, or spell-checking by City staff. The opinions and statements set forth are those of the candidates to whom they are attributed and do not reflect the City’s official positions on issues addressed in the statement. The candidate’s statement is not a City endorsement of any candidate’s candidacy. The information is submitted to the voters by the City as a service to assist voters and for informational purposes only, and the statement is not intended to, and does not, exempt any candidate or statement author from civil or criminal liability for any false, slanderous, or libelous statements set forth on the City’s website.


The elective officers of this City shall be seven councilmembers who shall constitute the Council. They shall be elected from the City at large as provided in ARTICLE VII for a term of four years and until their successors have been elected and qualified. The Council shall be the legislative body of this City, each of the members of which, including the Mayor, shall have the right to vote upon all questions before it. No member of the Council shall be eligible for re-election for two years (i.e. one general election cycle) after the expiration of the second consecutive full term for which such person was elected.
(Amended 3-6-79; 11-2-2004 [Measure M])

Election Resources
California Elections Code


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