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City Elections

Welcome to the City of Sacramento Municipal Election page. The following information is provided to guide voters and potential candidates through the election process.


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City Council Candidates for District 8 - The nomination period has closed.

The Sacramento City Council has called a Special Municipal Election to be consolidated and held with the Statewide General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the purpose of electing a City Council Member in District 8. As provided in the City Charter, the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes on this date shall be elected to fill the vacant office, no run-off election shall occur.  

In order to run for elective office in the City of Sacramento, a candidate must be 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the State of California. Candidates for council district seats must be a resident and registered voter within the district they seek to represent.

The nomination period for the Special Municipal Election will begin on Monday, July 14, 2014 and end on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Office of the City Clerk will issue and accept official nomination documents only during this period of time and during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no filing fee for the issuance of nomination documents.

For more information about running for office please visit the Elective Offices page.


City Council Candidates District 3

The City Council contests for Districts 1, 5, and 7 were won at the June 3, 2014 Primary Election. The top two candidates in District 3 will go to a run-off contest on November 4, 2014. Data pertaining to the run-off candidates for District 3 can be found by visiting the Candidate’s Information page.

Ballot Measures

The following measure is approved for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Measure L- Sacramento Charter Revision
(Also known as the Sacramento Checks and Balances Act of 2014)

“Shall the City of Sacramento Charter be revised, on a trial basis, to establish: a mayor-council governance structure wherein the elected mayor oversees city operations and a budget subject to Council approval and override; an Ethics Committee; Code of Ethics and Sunshine Ordinances; an Independent Budget Analyst Office; a Neighborhood Advisory Committee; an Independent Redistricting Commission; and a three-term limit for mayors; with most provisions subject to voter reapproval by 11/03/2020?”  

Instructions for Preparing/Submitting Ballot Arguments

The City of Sacramento allows for the submission of ballot arguments for inclusion in the official sample ballot. Ballot arguments must adhere to the provisions of the Sacramento City Code and California Elections Code. The Guide for Preparation of Ballot Arguments and Rebuttals is provided to assist authors in preparation of arguments and rebuttals. The following fillable forms shall be used to electronically prepare argument submissions. Once completed, the forms shall be printed, signed and submitted to the Office of the City Clerk. In addition to the signed original, an electronic version of the argument text shall be submitted to

Campaign Disclosure Filings

For information on campaign disclosure requirements please visit the Campaign Disclosure Requirements page. For information on campaign committees and to view completed campaign statement filings please visit the public access portal.

Local Campaign Finance Regulations

The City of Sacramento has adopted local campaign finance regulations. These regulations provide for public campaign financing (also referred to as matching funds), restrict spending and place limits on contributions.

Due to budget constraints, the Campaign Reform Fund was not funded for 2014. Therefore public financing is not available. However, provisions pertaining to contribution limits remain in effect. For detailed information please visit the Campaign Finance page.

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