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Nomination period now open for Primary Election 

–Today signals the beginning of the nomination period for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election. Anyone interested in running for one of the offices must complete the necessary paperwork by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. This deadline will extend to Wednesday, Dec. 11, if the incumbent for an office does not file by the Dec. 6 deadline. This extension period does not apply for party central committee or county council contests or when the incumbent is not running due to term limits.

The contests on the ballot include voter-nominated races for U.S. Congress 24th District, 17th District State Senator, 35th District Member of the State Assembly, 1st, 3rd, and 5th District Supervisor, and the partisan offices of central committee/county council contests for all qualified parties except the American Independent Party. The complete list of contests on the ballot as well as the qualifications can be found in the March 3, 2020 candidates manuals located on the County Clerk-Recorder’s website:

Anyone interested in running for office is encouraged to call the elections office at (805) 781-5228 to make an appointment so their papers can be prepared in advance. The list of those candidates who have already taken out papers will also be listed on the above website and will be updated daily beginning Nov. 13.

Anyone with questions may contact the County Clerk-Recorder at (805) 781-5228.

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