The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for administering the City’s general municipal elections and special elections for both candidates and measures; and processing petitions relating to initiatives, recalls and referendums.

Council Members are elected at large to staggered four-year terms.The City of San Pablo consolidates its General Municipal Election with the statewide election held in even-numbered years.

The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of three city council seats.  Please see Resolution 2020-079 Election Consolidation dated June 22, 2020 and Notice of Election dated July 1, 2020.

Candidates for City Council

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 Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. If any incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins to obtain a nomination packet (by appointment only) from the City Clerk and are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information prior to raising or spending money towards a campaign for office. The City Clerk can be reached at 510-215-3000, or via City Clerk Email.

Candidate Requirements:

To hold an elected office in the City: the person must be:

  • a registered voter of the City when nomination papers are issued (Government Code §36502); and
  • an elector of the city when he or she assumes office.
An “elector” is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older and a resident of the election precinct at least 15 days prior to an election (Elections Code § 321).

Additional information can be found on the Contra Costa County Elections website.