Candidate Nominations for June Election Open Monday

Candidates interested in running for an office on the June 3, 2014 primary ballot must file candidate nomination documents during the filing period from February 10 to March 7.

The following offices are on the June 3, 2014 ballot:

  • State Offices: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction  
  • State Board of Equalization, 2nd District
  • US Congress, 18th and 20th Districts
  • State Assembly, 29th and 30th Districts
  • Superior Court Judge – 7 positions
  • County Supervisor, 3rd and 4th Districts
  • County Department Heads: Assessor-Recorder, Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, County Clerk, Superintendent of Schools, District Attorney-Public Administrator, Sheriff-Coroner

During this filing period, candidates file the following documents:

  • Declaration of Candidacy filing for all candidates;
  • Nomination Papers filing for all candidates. Candidates must file a specified number of valid signatures on a Nomination Petition in order to have his or her name on the primary ballot;
  • Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications is optional for candidates running for County offices, Superior Court Judge, and Board of Supervisors. Statements not exceeding 200 words must be filed and paid for at the time of filing the candidate’s Declaration of Candidacy. Candidates for state offices may file a 250-word statement by the deadline if he or she has agreed to adhere to the spending limits pursuant to Proposition 34. Candidates for Congress may also file a 250-word candidate statement for printing in the county Sample Ballot by the March 7 deadline.

Filing fees for the various offices up for election are based on 1 or 2 percent of the annual salary. Fees range from $3,480 for  Governor  to $953 for State Assembly Member. Candidates may collect signatures that have a specific value per signature to cover all or part of the filing fee. Signature In-Lieu Petitions may be obtained from the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department, located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 210 in Santa Cruz.

The deadline to file Signature In-Lieu petitions for persons running for Superior Court Judge was February 5, 2014 due to the requirement that judicial candidates had to file a Declaration of Intention by February 5. However, all other offices have until February 20 to file their Signature In-Lieu petitions.

A “Candidate’s Handbook” detailing deadlines, forms, candidate filing requirements, and election processes for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election is available from the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department at 701 Ocean St., Room 210, Santa Cruz. Candidate’s handbooks are also available online at www.votescount.com. In addition, a daily update of candidates who have taken out papers or have filed is available online at www.votescount.com as well as other important information regarding the June Primary.

For more information, please call 831-454-2060, visit us online at www.votescount.com or email us at gail.pellerin@co.santa-cruz.ca.us or crystal-bertheau@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

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