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Candidate Information Night for June Primary Election

A workshop to review the candidate filing requirements and election processes for persons interested in running for an office on the June 5, 2018 Primary Election ballot will be held on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers at the County Government Center, 701 Ocean St., 5th Floor, in Santa Cruz.

The Santa Cruz County Clerk will have Candidate’s Handbooks available for persons interested in running for office.  The Candidate’s Handbook is also available online at along with information regarding who has already filed candidacy documents and a candidate checklist.

The County Clerk will review the steps and deadlines a person must follow in order to place his or her name on the primary ballot. In addition, the County Clerk will answer questions regarding voter registration, voting by mail, campaign filing, and other campaign practices and laws.

Offices up for election on June 5, 2018 include the following federal, state, and local offices: 

  • United States Senate (Feinstein),
  • 18th and 20th Congressional Districts,
  • State offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Controller, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner, State Board of Equalization District 2,
  • 29th and 30th State Assembly Districts,
  • County offices: Assessor-Recorder, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, County Clerk, District Attorney-Public Administrator, Superintendent of Schools, Sheriff-Coroner, County Supervisors for the 3rd and 4th districts, and
  • Superior Court Judge (Almquist).

The period to collect signatures in-lieu of the filing fee opened on December 14 and closes on February 7. Candidate filing opens February 12, 2018 and closes March 9, 2018. Election deadlines are very strict and candidates interested in running for office are encouraged to attend our Candidate Information Night to obtain all of the necessary information. . Interested persons may also come to the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s Office, located at 701 Ocean Street, to obtain the necessary information.

For more information, please call the Elections Department at 831-454-2060 or visit our website at