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NEWS:

Election Season Set to Begin

Post Date:07/07/2020 4:30 PM

For immediate Release 

Contact: Terri Cook- 650-595-7413

Belmont, CA  --  The City of Belmont will hold a General Municipal Election on November 3, 2020. Two seats on the five-member City Council will be up for election, and the ballot will also include any measures that the City Council places on the ballot. The deadline for such action is Friday, August 7, 2020. Incumbents whose terms will be expiring are Councilmember Davina Hurt and Councilmember Tom McCune. There are no term limits in Belmont so incumbents are eligible to run for re-election.

Candidate packets, including nomination papers and other required forms, will be available to any interested candidate beginning Monday, July 13, and the deadline to file papers as a candidate is 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 7, 2020. If any incumbent has not filed nomination papers by the August 7 deadline, further nomination of candidates, other than incumbents, for such elective office will be received until 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 12. These dates are set by Election Code and cannot be waived. Candidate packets will not be available prior to July 13.

As of this press release, Councilmembers Hurt and McCune have filed a Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501).

There is no filing fee for running for office, although candidates are responsible for their share of the cost of printing the candidate statement in the sample ballot booklet, should they choose to provide one. This cost also includes the required translation into Spanish and Chinese.

The City will schedule an orientation for all qualified candidates after the filing period closes in August.

The County Election Office is holding a series of informational workshops (via Microsoft Teams) for those interested in becoming candidates for any local race in San Mateo County. Please contact their office at (650) 312-5222 for more information, or visit www.smcacre.org.

Nomination papers must be picked up in person by the prospective candidate (not his/her representative) from the City Clerk in Suite 375 at City Hall, One Twin Pines Lane, during regular business hours. Due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, potential candidates must make an appointment to have a socially-distanced meeting to be issued the nomination packet. To be a candidate, you must be a registered voter in the City of Belmont.

For more information or to make an appointment for picking up a nomination packet, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 650-595-7413, or email the City Clerk at tcook@belmont.gov.

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