2018 GENERAL ELECTION: Becoming a Candidate


Filing Period: July 16, 2018 - August 10, 2018

General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Qualifications for Candidacy

To qualify as a candidate for member of the City Council, you must reside and be registered to vote within the jurisdiction at the time nomination papers are issued .  More specifically, you must be 1) at least 18 years old, 2) a U.S. citizen, 3) a Placerville resident, 4) registered to vote in the city, and 5) you must not be on parole or serving time for a felony conviction.

Filing Requirements

To become a candidate, you must first be issued a nomination paper which specifies the office you are seeking.  A number of additional forms are required to be filed, all of which can be obtained from the City Clerk during the candidate filing period.  Upon receipt, the City Clerk's Department will forward your nomination paper to the El Dorado County Elections Department to compare the names, addresses and signatures on your nomination paper with voter registration records.  At least 20 must match the records for you to qualify as a candidate.

Private versus Public

Becoming a candidate for public office means that information about you will become a matter of public record.  With a few exceptions, this includes any and all documents submitted to the City during the course of the election.  As such, these documents must, by law, be available to the public for inspection and/or copying.

For more information on the candidate filing process, please contact the City Clerk at (530) 642-5531.