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Elections

Elected Positions

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.

Election Dates

Districts 1, 3 and 5 Districts 2, 4 and 6 Mayor
Nov. 8, 2022 Nov. 3, 2020 Nov. 3, 2020
Nov. 3, 2026 Nov. 5, 2024 Nov. 5, 2024

Upcoming Elections

There are three Council seats to be voted upon in the Nov. 3, 2020 election: District 2, District 4 and District 6, along with the position of Mayor.

Sunnyvale Council Districts - maps

Election Information for Candidates

Sunnyvale City Council Candidates

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.

At-large vs. District Elections

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.

District-based election background and outreach

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

Measure B Election Results

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

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.

Last Updated: May 1, 2020
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