Nominations opened for various federal, state, judicial, and county offices scheduled for election on March 3, 2020. According to County Clerk Deva Marie Proto, candidates interested in running for any of the 16 positions whose terms expire this year must file nomination papers between November 12 and December 6 in order to have their names placed on the March 3, 2020, ballot. If nomination papers for an incumbent elective officer of the district are not filed by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, candidates other than the incumbent have until 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, to file for such elective office.
Districts with seats open include Federal: U.S. Representative in Congress Districts 2 and 5; State: State Senator District 3; Member of the State Assembly Districts 2, 4, and 10; Judicial: Judge of the Superior Court Offices 1, 2 (2 positions), 3, 4, and 5 (2 positions) (note that judicial candidates must have already paid their filing fee and filed a Declaration of Intention by November 6 in order for their name to appear on the ballot); County: County Supervisorial Districts 1, 3, and 5.
Nominations are also ongoing for county party central committee offices. According to County Clerk Deva Marie Proto, candidates interested in running for any of the 67 central committee positions must file nomination papers by December 6 in order to have their names placed on the March 3, 2020, ballot. Candidates must be registered with the same political party as the committee for which they are running.
Districts with seats open in the Democratic County Central Committee include Districts 1 (5 positions), 2 (5 positions), 3 (4 positions), 4 (4 positions), and 5 (5 positions). Districts with seats open in the Republican County Central Committee include Districts 1 (5 positions), 2 (5 positions), 3 (4 positions), 4 (5 positions), and 5 (4 positions). The Libertarian County Central Committee and Peace & Freedom County Central Committee each have 7 at-large seats open, as does the Green County Council. The American Independent Party has notified the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters office that they are not using the public ballot process to elect their members this year.
All candidates for local district offices may obtain and file their nomination papers with the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office, 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In order to avoid a long wait, candidates are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time by calling (707) 565-6800 or emailing email@example.com