Campaign Toolkit

Resources for Women Candidates (available online)

  • League of Women Voters of SLO County – Election monitoring and mentoring. The LVW is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
  • She Should RunShe Should Run provides women who are curious about public office with a starting place to explore their options. Self-paced modules and Facebook forum to share stories and engage in a supportive community; free and open access.
  • Vote Run LeadVote Run Lead unleashes the political power of women as voters, candidates, and leaders to create and sustain an equitable democracy. In-person and online, has a “Run as You Are” program to help women leverage their strengths for running; free and open access online.
  • Emerge – Emerge California is the premier candidate training program for Democratic self-identified women who want to run for office.
  • Emily’s List – Funds women candidates for state and national offices.
  • Run for Something – Recruiting & supporting young people running for office.
  • Running for Public Office – SLO County’s Info Guide (not only for women)

Three Key Personal Ingredients:

  1. Desire to make a positive change in your community
  2. Commitment to run a winning campaign
  3. Perseverance and ability to withstand headwinds and challenges

Tool Punch List:

  1. SLO County Clerk Elections Division candidate packet for detailed instructions
  2. Form 410 from Secretary of State’s Office to secure Campaign ID number
  3. Bank account with Campaign ID number
  4. Treasurer trusted to handle money and relevant FPPC filings
  5. Calendar with key dates and deadlines (see links below)
  6. Positive attitude

Must-Do Items:

  1. Check your personal voter registration status – be certain it accurately reflects your current party affiliation, spelling of your name, home address, etc.
  2. Check the qualifications and duties of the office you are seeking.
  3. Enlist friends/family to help secure signatures for your filing papers.
  4. Meet all the deadlines.
  5. Make sure you file on time and submit the appropriate filing fee.

If you’re running for a non-partisan office, you may include a Candidate Statement of Qualifications, which is included in the Sample Ballot Booklet sent to every registered voter in the county. The Candidate Statement is an extra cost, but it will serve you well as a lot of people rely on the booklet, especially for minor offices. However, it is optional and not a requirement for filing.


Candidate Information Manual

Setting Candidate Appointment

Prospective candidates must schedule a nomination appointment during the nomination period.

Make sure you have your completed Candidate Information Form in front of you, then call our office at (805) 781-5228 to schedule an appointment to take out papers to run for office. After scheduling your appointment you will be emailed additional forms and information. Be sure to bring your completed forms to your appointment at the scheduled time.

In order to make candidate appointments efficient for everyone, candidates MUST call the office at (805) 781-5228 ahead of time to answer the following questions: 

  1. District Name*
  2. Office Sought*
  3. Name as Registered
  4. Residence Address
  5. Mailing Address
  6. Confidential Phone #
  7. Daytime Phone #
  8. Evening Phone #
  9. Fax #
  10. Email
  11. Website
  12. Name to Appear on Ballot
  13. Ballot Designation
*Candidate for Non-Partisan office need to provide evidence of meeting the qualifications for the office being applied for.
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