Candidate Filing Period Closes Friday, December 6 for the Presidential Primary Election

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Individuals interested in running for office in San Mateo County in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election have until the close of business on Friday, December 6, 2019, to file candidacy papers. City candidates should check the hours of their City Clerk’s office. All other candidates have until 5 p.m. to complete their candidate filing with the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. The same deadline also applies to local jurisdictions that intend to place a measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

Candidates are provided a 26-day window in which to file all necessary paperwork under the law. The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening. To view the roster, go to Current Election at

If an eligible incumbent for an office does not qualify as a candidate by the close of business on December 6, the candidate filing period for that particular office will be extended another five (5) calendar days and will end at the close of business on Wednesday, December 11. The eligible incumbent will not be permitted to file during the extended candidate filing period.

A 10-day public review period begins at the filing period deadline for each contest. During the review period, any registered voter or the Chief Elections Officer may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction if any material is found to be misleading or false.

For additional information about this process or to make an appointment to file for office, please contact the Candidate Services Supervisor, Michael Lui, at 650.312.5238 or