Local Government and the Democratic Process
General municipal elections are held in November of even-numbered years. The next scheduled general municipal election will be held on November 3, 2020.
Members of the City Council are elected at-large to serve the entire community rather than by district. The mayor is directly elected to a two-year term and the four City Council members are elected to four-year staggered terms.
In November 1996, voters in Dublin established term limits which state generally that no one may serve more than eight consecutive years in any combination of positions on the City Council.
2020 General Municipal Election
The nomination period for the 2020 election will be open from Monday, July 13, through Friday, August 7, 2020. Additional information regarding the November 3, 2020, General Election will be provided here as it becomes available.
In lieu of a filing fee, potential candidates are required to gather 20 signatures of registered Dublin voters on a supplied nomination form. Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which goes to all registered voters, must pay their prorated share of the publishing / printing costs. This generally equals approximately $500 per candidate.
Note: Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period. Candidates cannot accept more than $500 in campaign contributions from a single source.
Interested in becoming a candidate for City of Dublin Mayor or City Council?
- Anyone who is 18 years of age; and,
- A resident and registered voter in Dublin
The next scheduled general municipal election will be held November 3, 2020, to fill the Mayor and two City Councilmember positions. The following steps will give you an overview of how to get started. Contact City Clerk Marsha Moore via email or telephone, at (925) 833-6650, with questions.
- Review the Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) Campaign Disclosure Manual 2, which is available online at www.fppc.ca.gov. This manual provides information on campaign disclosure rules as required under the Political Reform Act. FPPC provides advice by phone at 1-800-275-3772 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (At this time, email is the best method to reach the FPPC.)
- File FPPC Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement with the City Clerk before receiving contributions or spending own funds. (Blank forms are available from the City Clerk or at www.fppc.ca.gov and Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 gives detailed instructions for completing Form 501.)
- File FPPC Form 410 Statement of Organization with the Secretary of State, along with a filing fee of $50.00, made payable to the Secretary of State, within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. File a copy of the Form 410 with the city clerk. (Blank forms are available from the City Clerk or at www.fppc.ca.gov and Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 gives detailed instructions for completing Form 410).