Municipal Elections

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    General Election Information

    General Municipal Elections are conducted in the City of San Luis Obispo in November of even-numbered years. The next General Municipal Election is scheduled to take place November 6, 2018. Elections consist of two Council Member seats and the Mayor seat. Council Member terms are for four years and the Mayor's term is for two years. Current Council terms are listed on the Mayor and City Council page of this website under "Contacting Council". More information concerning Elective Officials and their terms may be found in the City Charter, Article IV.

    Note: There will be a Statewide Direct Primary Election on June 5, 2018. Please see the California Secretary of State and San Luis Obispo County Clerk websites for more information concerning this election.

    City of San Luis Obispo November 6, 2018 Election:

    The following seats are up for election:

    • Mayor Heidi Harmon – 2-year term (December 2018 through December 2020)
    • Council Member Carlyn Christianson – 4-year term (December 2018 through December 2022)
    • Council Member Dan Rivoire – 4-year term (December 2018 through December 2022)

    Filing period for Nomination Papers and Candidate Statements is July 16 through August 10, 2018.

    Eligibility requirements to run for office are:

    • You must be a resident of the City of San Luis Obispo for at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the election, and
    • Be a registered voter in the City of San Luis Obispo.

    Prospective candidates who wish to run in the upcoming November 6, 2018 election MUST do the following prior to campaigning (or can submit forms during the Nomination Period):

    1. File a Candidate Intention Statement  FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
    2. After filing FPPC Form 501, should a candidate begin to campaign and raise funds he/or she must also file an originally signed FPPC Form 410 with the Secretary of State (copy of the form to be submitted to the Clerk's office) within 10 days of receiving $2,000.  

    Instructions for both forms are on the first page of each form. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly, and contact Teresa Purrington, City Clerk – (805) 781-7102, tpurrington@slocity.org.  Prospective candidates can mail or drop off their FPPC forms at City of San Luis Obispo, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

    Voter Registration

    Campaign Disclosure Statements

    To ensure integrity of Campaign Statements, each page, as submitted to the City Clerk, is scanned and placed in the City's Imaging System. All original documents (un-redacted) are public information and available in the City Clerk Office for review during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or copied at the cost of .10 cents per page.

    You can view Candidate Controlled Committee, Primarily Formed Committee, and General Purpose Committee financial disclosure documents here. Past election campaign statements are available for inspection and copy in the office of the City Clerk during normal business hours.

    Election Campaign Regulations

    The City of San Luis Obispo has enacted local election campaign regulations contained in Chapter 2.40 of the Municipal Code.

    Political Sign Regulations

    The City and State have established certain rules regarding the placement of posters, leaflets, banners, and other information that fall into the category of political signs. These rules are designed to keep the City clean and safe. Failure to comply may result in confiscation of signs, levying of fines (Municipal Code 1.24), citations for an infraction or misdemeanor prosecution.

    Basic rules include:

    1. You may not put political signs on public property; this includes public buildings and property, public easements, public rights-of-way, parkways, parks, public open space, utility poles, street signs and trees. 
    2. You must have the owner's permission to display signs on private property.
    3. Political signs may be put up at any time prior to the election without City permission; however they must be removed no later than ten (10) days following the election (City Ordinance No. 1407, 2002 Series).
    4. It is illegal to put leaflets, political or otherwise, in or on a vehicle unless the driver or passenger accepts it.  Fines for putting leaflets on cars, e.g., under windshield wipers, can be as high as $1,000, as each leaflet may be considered as a separate violation.

    Past Election information may be found in our archive or by contacting the City Clerk.