Notice of Change of Election Years in the City of Sunnyvale
At the November 5, 2013 General Municipal Election in Sunnyvale, voters approved Ballot Measure A, a charter amendment to change City elections from being held in November of odd-numbered years to being held in November of even-numbered years. The charter amendment provides that the next municipal election for City Council Members will be held in November 2016.
To facilitate the change from odd-year elections to even-year elections, the charter amendment authorized a one-time extension of one year to current Councilmembers’ terms.
- Current Councilmembers serving in Seats 4, 5, 6 and 7 who would have served until the first regular Council meeting in January following the November 2015 election will continue in office one additional year, until the first regular meeting in January following the November 2016 election.
Current Councilmembers serving in Seats 1, 2, and 3 who would have served until the first regular Council meeting in January following the November 2017 election will continue in office one additional year, until the first regular meeting in January following the November 2018 election.
Thinking about running for Sunnyvale City Council in November 2016?
The following information is provided to assist you in meeting local, County and State regulations, if you decide to run for City Council. Please note that this information is not all-encompassing, and is not intended to be a sole source for election information.
2016 Candidate Guidelines
There are seven members of the City Council elected at-large. There are four seats to be voted upon in the November 8, 2016 election: seats 4, 5, 6 and 7. City Council ratifies the certification of the results at the first regular meeting in January following the November election. Councilmembers in this election will serve a four-year term from January 10, 2017 to January 5, 2021.
Council selects the mayor bi-annually and the vice mayor annually.
Candidates must be registered to vote in the City of Sunnyvale at the time nomination papers are issued by the Office of the City Clerk. To be a registered voter in the City, one must reside in the City of Sunnyvale and be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. To ensure this qualification is met, the Office of the City Clerk will verify voter registration status with the County of Santa Clara Elections Office before issuing nomination papers.
Candidates who intend to file nomination papers during the Nomination period may incur filing obligations prior to the Nomination period, pursuant to the Political Reform Act and Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulations.
Form 501 Candidate Intentions Statement: Must be filed before soliciting or receiving any contributions, or before making expenditures on behalf of a candidacy.
Form 410 Statement of Organization of Recipient Committee: Must be filed within 10 days of receiving $1,000 in contributions
The City’s Campaign Statement Public Portal contains financial information provided by candidates and committees. Use the Public Portal to research campaign contributions and expenditures, review campaign statements filed by candidates and committees, or examine a committee's filing history by election.
Important Dates to Remember
|7/18/16 – 8/12/16
||Nomination period for the November 8, 2016 election
|8/13/16 – 8/17/16
||If an eligible incumbent fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy by 5 p.m. on 8/12/16 for his or her office, there is a 5-calendar-day extension period during which any candidate, other than the incumbent, may file for said office.
||The Secretary of State will conduct a random drawing of letters of the alphabet to determine the order in which candidates appear on the ballot.
|9/12/16 – 10/25/16
||Filing period for write-in candidates to obtain and file nomination documents.
||Deadline for campaign finance disclosure report FPPC Form 460 covering the filing period ending 9/24/16, or Form 470 covering the filing period January through December 2016 (First Pre-Election Statement).
||Vote by Mail ballots are mailed to voters.
||Last day to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 election.
||Deadline for filing campaign finance disclosure report FPPC Form 460 covering the period of 9/25/16 - 10/22/16 (Second Pre-Election Statement).
For more information about the process, please see the informational 2016 Candidate Guidelines
provided by the Office of the City Clerk.