2020 General Municipal Election

Election 2020 Home Page _ City Council chambers
The next regularly scheduled General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  The odd-numbered Council District seats 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be up for election starting in November 3, 2020. Under Santa Rosa's new district-based election system, voters may only elect one council member for the Council district they are registered in.  Learn more information about our transition to the District-Based Election System.  

Notice of Election


July 13 - Aug 7, 2020 Candidate nomination period is open
Aug 13, 2020 Randomized alphabet drawing by Secretary of State
Sept 4, 2020 Political campaign signs may be erected
Sept 24, 2020 1st Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 7/1/20-9/19/20)
Oct 22, 2020 2nd Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 9/20/20-10/17/20)
Oct 30, 2020 3rd Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 10/18/20-10/30/20)
Oct 5 - 27, 2020  Vote By Mail period
Oct 19, 2020 Last day to register to vote in the November election
Nov 3, 2020 ELECTION DAY
Nov 18, 2020 Deadline to remove political signs
Feb 1, 2021 Campaign Statement Filing (10/18/20-12/31/20) - Semi-annual Statement 


Residents can look up their district by using the interactive map online below. To view the precinct map, please visit Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website.

District Voting in Santa Rosa

The City of Santa Rosa has changed how Council Members are elected from an at-large election system to a district-based election system.  Voters will only vote for the City Council position up for election in their specified district.  All seven current Council Members will continue to represent the City at-large until their term ends.  At the end of their terms, the Council Members may run for re-election in the district they live in at the time they file their nomination papers.  

In 2018 the following districts were elected:

  • District 2 - John Sawyer, term ends November 2022
  • District 4 - Victoria Fleming, term ends November 2022
  • District 6 - Tom Schwedhelm, term ends November 2022

The following seats are currently served by the Council Members whose current at-large terms end in November 2020.

  • Richard Dowd, appointed January 2020, to fill vacancy from resignation of Julie Combs, term ends November 2020
  • Ernesto Olivares, term ends November 2020
  • Chris Rogers, term ends November 2020
  • Jack Tibbetts, term ends November 2020

Nomination Period

The Nomination Period for district 1, 3, 5, and 7 began on July 13, 2020 and closed on August 7, 2020.

**The City Clerk’s office is observing all social distancing and hygiene protocols and requiring facial coverings for anyone entering the building.**

The City of Santa Rosa consolidates with the Statewide General Municipal Election to be held November 3, 2020.  To view all offices up for election, please contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.  

WATCH: Overview of the Nomination Process

Quick Links (2020)

Ballot Measures

The City Clerk is the local election official that coordinates with Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to conduct municipal elections.  To find out more information on any proposed ballot measures, please click here.

Information about Measure Q Local Funding Renewal.