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The City of Sunnyvale is a Charter City with a Council-Manager form of government. City Voters elect six councilmembers by district and the Mayor at-large in November of even-numbered years.

The Mayor and councilmembers serve a four-year term. The City has a term limit of three four-year terms in a sixteen-year period, of which no more than two terms can be as mayor and no more than two terms can be as a member of the Council. Council selects the vice mayor annually.


Upcoming Elections

Districts 1, 3 and 5 Districts 2, 4 and 6 Mayor
2022 - Nov. 8 2024 - Nov. 5 2024 - Nov. 5
2026 - Nov. 3 2028 - Nov. 7 2028 - Nov. 7

Next Election

Nov. 8, 2022 Election
There are Council seats to be voted upon in the Nov. 8, 2022 election: District 1, District 3 and District 5.

Election Information for Candidates

Past Elections

Nov. 3, 2020 Election

There were Council seats voted on in the Nov. 3, 2020 election: District 2, District 4 and District 6, along with the position of Mayor.

Official Election Results: Mayor | District 2 | District 4 | District 6

Certification of Election Results

March 3, 2020
At the March 3, 2020 election City voters approved changing to a district-based electoral system for selecting City councilmembers, with a directly elected Mayor.

Measure B Ballot Question, Impartial Analysis, Arguments and Rebuttal Arguments

Measure B Election Results

Council Districts and Redistricting

Sunnyvale is divided up into six Council Districts. Voters from each District elect one councilmember from their District along with the Mayor.

Sunnyvale Council Districts - Single map of all districts

Sunnyvale Individual Council Districts - Maps for each district

Look up Your Council District - Interactive address search

Redistricting - Learn about the City's 2020 Census redistricting process

Registering and Voting

Find out about registering to vote and where to vote.

Register to Vote Online

Ballot Drop Off Locations

Vote Center Locations - Vote, Register to Vote, Replace Lost Ballots

Campaign Contribution Limits

Sunnyvale does not have a local campaign contribution limit. State contribution limits apply to Sunnyvale candidates. For 2021-22 the default limit for contributions from a single source is set at $4,900 per election.

Contribution Limits: City and County Candidates - Fair Political Practices Commission

Candidate Eligibility

Who is eligible to run for election?

Candidates must be:

  • A resident of Sunnyvale
  • Registered to vote in Sunnyvale
  • Candidates for City Council Districts must reside in the respective District
  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years or older

Candidates can file campaign finance disclosure statements and members of the public can search campaign finance records using the NetFile electronic filing system.

If you would like to file a Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement, or if you think you may have financial disclosure obligations, contact the Office of the City Clerk.

For more information

Email the City Clerk or call 408-730-7483.

Notice: The City Clerk does not provide legal interpretation or legal guidance on state rules or local ordinances.

Last Updated: May 3, 2022