Campaign Toolkit

Resources for Women Candidates (available online)

  • League of Women Voters of SLO County – Election monitoring and mentoring.
  • She Should Run – Self-paced modules and Facebook forum to share stories and engage in a supportive community; free and open access.
  • Vote Run Lead – 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 – Trains Democratic women candidates; application process and cost.
  • Emily’s List – Funds women candidates for state and national offices.
  • She’s Running Podcast – By Emily Jackson: “She’s Running talks to women who are running for office about what inspired them to take the leap, the process of running for office, and the challenges they’ve been facing.” Free.
  • Force of Nature: Run Like a Girl – Public Facebook group administered by SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon and SLO Progressive Quinn Brady. Appears to offer local trainings and resources. Hosting a workshop on Feb. 8.

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 below)
  6. Resources specifically for women interested in running (see below)
  7. 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 – see “Election Timeline” below.
  5. Make sure you file on time and submit the appropriate filing fee.

Notes:
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.

Local Offices Up on Nov. 6 General Election

City Councils

  • Arroyo Grande City Council (2)
  • Arroyo Grande Mayor
  • Atascadero Mayor #
  • Atascadero City Council (2) #
  • Grover Beach Mayor
  • Grover Beach City Council #
  • Morro Bay Mayor #
  • Morro Bay City Council (2 ) #
  • Paso Robles Mayor
  • Paso Robles City Council (2) #
  • Pismo Beach Mayor
  • Pismo Beach City Council (2) #
  • San Luis Obispo Mayor
  • San Luis Obispo City Council (2)

Indicates
* Republican Incumbent
# Party Unknown


Community Services District Boards of Directors

  • Avila Beach *
  • Avila Beach ***
  • Avila Beach
  • California Valley **
  • California Valley
  • Cambria **
  • Cambria
  • Cayucos CSD (2) #
  • Ground Squirrel Hollow (2) *
  • Heritage Ranch (2) *
  • Heritage Ranch **
  • Independence Ranch *
  • Independence Ranch **
  • Linne (2) *
  • Linne
  • Los Osos (3)
  • Nipomo *
  • Nipomo **
  • Nipomo
  • Oceano (2) *
  • San Miguel (3) **
  • San Simeon **
  • Squire Canyon (2)
  • Templeton (2) *

Indicates
* Republican Incumbent
** No Party Preference Incumbent
*** Third Party
# Party Unknown


School Boards

  • SLO Comm. College Govn’g

Board #3 **

  • SLO Comm. College Govn’g

Board #5

  • Atascadero USD (3) * Atascadero USD
  • Coast Union USD (2)
  • Lucia Mar USD #1 *
  • Lucia Mar USD #2
  • Lucia Mar USD #2 *
  • Lucia Mar USD #3 ***
  • Paso Robles Joint USD
  • Paso Robles Joint USD (2) *
  • San Luis Coastal USD #1 (2)
  • San Luis Coastal USD #2 (2)
  • San Miguel Joint USD (2) *
  • San Miguel Joint USD
  • Shandon Joint USD #2 *
  • Shandon Joint USD #2 **
  • Templeton USD *
  • Templeton USD **
  • Cayucos Elementary SD (3)
  • Pleasant Val. Joint Union Elem. (2) *
  • Pleasant Val. Joint Union Elem. **

Indicates

* Republican Incumbent
** No Party Preference Incumbent
*** Third Party

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
School District Trustees: Shall be a Registered Voter and Resident of the District and Trustee Area (if applicable). An employee of a school district may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of the district’s governing board unless and until s/he resigns as an employee.

Community College District Trustees: Shall be a Registered Voter and Resident of the District and Trustee Area. An employee of a community college district may not be sworn into office as an elected or appointed member of the district’s governing board unless and until s/he resigns as an employee. No member of the governing board shall during the term be eligible to serve on the governing board of a high school district whose boundaries are coterminous with those of the college district.


Harbor/Fire/Sanitation Districts

  • Port San Luis Harbor District Commissioners (2)
  • Cayucos Fire Protection District Director *
  • Santa Margarita Fire Protection District Director
  • Santa Margarita Fire Protection District Director *

Indicates
* Republican Incumbent

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
Fire Protection Districts: Shall be a Registered Voter of the District

Harbor Districts: Shall be a Registered Voter of the District and shall secure a nomination paper signed by not less than 25 but not more than 50 registered voters of the District. Upon taking the Oath of Office shall file a $5,000 bond with the elections official, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors.

November 2018 General Election Timeline

For city council, special district and school board elections, plus run-offs (Tentative dates based on 2016 Timeline – Check County Website for updated information)

July 16 – Aug 10: Nomination Period. Incumbents must file by Aug.12 @ 5 p.m. Call Elections Division at 805-781-5228 to make appointment

Aug 1 *: Semi-Annual Campaign Statement Filing Deadline

Aug 11 – Aug 15: Extension of Nomination Period for NON-INCUMBENTS ONLY. DOES NOT APPLY WHERE THERE IS NO INCUMBENT DUE TO TERM LIMITS.

Aug 13: Last Day to withdraw Candidate Statement of Qualifications by 5:00 p.m. for races closing August 15.

Aug 16: Random Alphabet Drawing

Aug 16: Last Day to withdraw Candidate Statement of Qualifications by 5:00 p.m. for races closing August 17.

Oct 3: Pre-Election Campaign Statement due

Sept 10 – Oct 23: Write-In Candidate filing period

Oct 8: 29 Day Close of Registration – First day Vote by Mail Ballots are available – Last day to register to vote in order to receive a Sample Ballot and State Ballot Pamphlet

Oct 22: 15 Day Close of Registration – Voters registering between Oct 10 and 24 will receive notification of their polling place, but will not receive any other voter information

Oct 25: Pre-Election Campaign Statement due

Oct 30: Last day for Elections Office to mail Vote-by-Mail Ballots to voters

Nov 6 ** ELECTION DAY

Dec 6: Complete Official Canvass

Jan 31, 2019: Semi-Annual Campaign Statement Filing Deadline

*If a filing deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, it is moved to the next business day.
**This is actual date for 2018.


Important Requirement for all office seekers:

Make an appointment with the Elections Division of the County Clerk’s Office, County Government Center, SLO, to make sure all your information is correct and appears on the ballot the way you want it.

Setting Candidate Appointment

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

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: Candidates will then be emailed a packet of forms to be completed and presented at their first appointment.

  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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