Candidate Filing Period Closes Friday, August 12 for the Presidential General Election

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Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Individuals interested in running for office in San Mateo County in the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election have until the close of business on Friday, August 12, 2016 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 June 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 Elections at

If an eligible incumbent for an office does not qualify as a candidate by the close of business on August 12, 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, August 17. 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 Filing Officer, Michael Lui, at 650.312.5238 or

For more information about the election, call 650.312.5222, visit or follow us on Twitter @smcvote.

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