2020 City Council Election Information


The Administrative Services Director/City Clerk is the elections official for the City of Clearlake and responsible for conducting municipal elections. The Administrative Services Department provides election support to officeholders, candidates and ballot measure proponents and opponents.

Clearlake’s regular General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. The next election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of three council seats.

City Council Candidates

To register to vote, you must be a United States citizen, 18 years of age on election day, not in prison, on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony; and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law. 

To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be a resident within the city limits of the City of Clearlake and a registered voter at the time nomination papers are issued. The candidate nomination period is determined by Election Code. 

For the November 3, 2020 election, the nomination period will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will close on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Administrative Services Department will be open on Friday, August 7, 2020 for candidate filing by appointment only. If any incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins to obtain a nomination packet from the Administrative Services Department. Forms include, but are not limited to, a Nomination Petition, Affidavit of Nominee, Ballot Designation Worksheet, Candidate Statement (optional), Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional), Statement of Economic Interests Form 700, and Campaign Finance Disclosure statements.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and precautions, candidates are asked to make an appointment for issuance of nomination papers. Candidate documents may be issued in person during available business hours by appointment, via mail, or via email. If a candidate elects to receive the candidate documents via mail or email, the candidate must provide a written request to receive the documents in that manner. Original, signed candidate documents must be received by the Administrative Services Department prior to the close of the nomination period. Any candidate who fails to timely submit the candidate documents with original signatures by the close of the nomination period will not be included on the ballot for that office.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the Administrative Services Department at 707-994-8201 for more information prior to the filing period to schedule an appointment and prior to raising or spending money towards a campaign for office. Learn more about candidate filing requirements at the Fair Political Practices Commission’s website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/training-and-outreach/upcoming-training-opportunities.html. The Administrative Services Director/City Clerk can be reached via email at mswanson@clearlake.ca.us 

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