“How-to” Seminars for Potential Candidates

Archive Press Release

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

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

(Redwood City, CA) Interested in running for public office? The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division is offering two opportunities to learn about the procedures and deadlines for candidates running for office or considering a run for office in the upcoming November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election. A separate seminar will address voter and election data available to candidates in their bids for office. All seminars will take place at the Elections Division facility in San Mateo.

“During the candidate seminars, elections staff will provide interested parties with an overview of the candidate filing process,” explained Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “We will also provide information about required financial reports and encourage candidates to use NetFile, an online system for filing campaign finance disclosure reports which will allow the public immediate access to campaign finance documents through our website at www.shapethefuture.org.

Other seminar topics include:

  • Important deadlines
  • Required forms
  • Candidate statements
  • Voter registration guidelines
  • Requirements for campaign signs

“The seminars cover information that first-time candidates as well as current officeholders will find useful,” said Church. “The voter data seminar provides candidates and campaigns with information on the various registered voter data reports available, how to obtain them and how much they cost.”

Candidate seminars will be held at the Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road in San Mateo:

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016: 2 p.m. or
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016: 10 a.m.

Using Voter Data in Your Campaign:

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016: 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016: 11:30 a.m.

An RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Reply online or contact Michael Lui, Candidate Filing Officer, at 650.312.5238 or mlui@smcare.org to reserve a seat. Attendees are asked to provide their name, which seminar date they plan to attend and the number of persons attending. All seminars are open to the public.

Important Dates for the Public for the November 8, 2016 Election

Voters must register by October 24, 2016 to be eligible to vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election. Registration can be completed online at www.registertovote.ca.gov or by filling out a registration form available at libraries, post offices, city halls and the Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder in Redwood City or the Registration & Elections Division in San Mateo.

For more information, call 650.312.5222, visit www.shapethefuture.org or follow us on Twitter @smcvote.


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