Election Overview

The following information is provided as an overview of the election process for a seat on the City Council of the City of San Marino.  The City of San Marino conducts its General Municipal Election in November of odd-numbered years (set by Ordinance No. O-10-1239).  Elections are consolidated with the county and are held on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November of odd numbered years.  Terms are staggered so that three seats are available during one election cycle and two seats are available during the next cycle.
Note:  The next San Marino General Municipal Election will be in November 7, 2017.


The term of office is four years.

Eligibility for Office

In order to run for office of Member of the City Council an individual must:
1.  Reside in the City of San Marino
2.  Be a registered voter in the City of San Marino both at the time nomination papers are issued and during his/her term of office.

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins no earlier that the 113th day and ends no later than the 88th day before a municipal election.  If an incumbent who is eligible to run does not file, the deadline will be extended to the 83rd day before the election, for any person other than the eligible incumbent.

Nomination Paper

The nomination process includes a Nomination Paper that must be officially issued by the City Clerk during the nomination period.  To be nominated to the office of Member of the City Council, a candidate must obtain not less than 20, nor more than 30 valid signatures of registered voters residing in San Marino, on the Nomination Paper.  In addition, San Marino's fee schedule requires that a $25.00 filing fee accompany the filing of nomination papers.
For information on raising and spending money in connection with an election, please go to the Fair Political Practices Commission website located at www.fppc.ca.gov.

If you would like additional information or are interested in running for office, please contact the City Clerk.