2020 General Municipal 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|
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.
- 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
The Nomination Period for district offices 1, 3, 5, and 7 will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Nomination papers must be obtained in person and are available at the City of Santa Rosa, Office of the City Clerk, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 9, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 543-3015.
The election is being consolidated with the Statewide General Election. To view all offices up for election, please contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.
Quick Links (2018)
- Candidate Nomination List (current)
- Candidate Calendar of Events
- Resolution No. RES-2018-106 (calling for election)
- Resolution No. RES-2018-107 (candidate statements)
The City Clerk is the local election official that coordinates with Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to conduct municipal elections. Currently, the City of Santa Rosa has one proposed initiative that has been filed. To find out more information, please click here.