Information on Running for Elected Offices
The nomination period for this election is from July 13 to August 6, 2020 (or to August 12, 2020, if an incumbent of the seat does not file nomination documents).
To make an in-person appointment to be issued or to submit nomination papers, please call the City Clerk's Office at (909) 625-9416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. COVID-19 Safety Precautions: the City Clerk's desk has a plexiglass divider with a small opening for passing documents, and the desk and seating area will be disinfected before and after each appointment. Please bring your own pen, and wear a face covering for the duration of your in-person appointment and while inside City Hall.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the Secretary of State has allowed for candidates to be issued and to submit their nomination documents remotely. Such candidates must fill out the Candidate Guidance and Acknowledgement for Electronic Issuance of Candidate Documents (PDF) and submit the document via email or U.S. Mail to the City Clerk. The City Clerk will not issue nomination documents electronically/remotely until this document has been received via email (scanned PDF format) or U.S. Mail. If submitted via email, the original signed document must be received by the City Clerk along with other original documents required to be submitted before the filing deadline. If you have questions about this option, please call the City Clerk's Office at (909) 625-9416.
Candidate Handbook for 2020 General Municipal Election (PDF) - Coming Soon
This document contains all of the information that a candidate will need when deciding to run for an open seat on the Montclair City Council. The forms in the handbook are only samples. Only forms issued in-person by the City Clerk's Office may be used when filing for candidacy. Please call the City Clerk's Office to make an appointment to be issued nomination papers during the nomination period stated in the Notice of Election.
The City of Montclair consolidates its elections with the County of San Bernardino. The Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters provides information on election dates, registered voters, and campaign finance training seminars.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulates and enforces political campaign finances to ensure transparency and ethically sound elections. Candidates and campaign treasurers can download forms and manuals as well as access training opportunities and webinars through the FPPC website.
Important FPPC Documents for Candidates and Political Action Committees
These forms and manuals are updated periodically; therefore, it is recommended to download the most current document for each filing and election period.
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) - Required to be filed by all candidates as part of the nomination packet. This form can be completed and submitted online at www.cityofmontclair.org/form700 after nomination papers are pulled and the City Clerk has created a new filer account in the system. Once a candidate is set up in the system, they will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to file electronically.
Campaign Manual 2 - Information for Local Candidates, their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for Local Candidates. All candidates and their treasurers should refer to Manual 2 regarding campaign financial reporting and ethical campaign practices.
Committee Campaign Statement Forms - Review information on committee campaign statement forms, which are required to be filed periodically throughout the election (most commonly used for Municipal Elections are the Forms 410, 460, 470, 496, 497, and 501). Refer to the forms and Manual 2 for instructions and deadlines. These forms can also be completed and submitted online at www.cityofmontclair.org/campaign-filing.