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The next General Municipal Election of the City of Petaluma will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to elect three City Council Members to serve four-year terms. A candidate must be a registered voter in the City of Petaluma at the time nomination papers are issued. 


Nomination Period

The candidate nomination period for the November 8, 2016 General Municipal Election opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016, unless extended. Nomination papers will be available at the City Clerk's office during the period listed above (closed 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch). Note that although City Hall is closed on Fridays, the City Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch) on Friday, August 12th. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office to schedule an appointment to receive nomination papers. 
The candidate nomination period will be extended five (5) days, until Wednesday, August 17, 2016, if any eligible incumbent does not file nomination papers by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016.

Candidate Information


The 2016 Candidate Information List will be updated as individuals file a Candidate Intention Statement (FPPC Form 501) or Statement of Organization for a Recipient Committee (FPPC Form 410), and as nomination papers are filed. The materials submitted by each candidate are available for public review at the City Clerk's Office following the close of nominations in August 2016.

The following are key dates for the November 8, 2016 election:




Nomination Period Opens


Nomination Period Closes


Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable)


Secretary of State Random Alphabet Drawing


First Pre-Election Campaign Finance Statement Due


Last Date to Register to Vote


Second Pre-Election Campaign Finance Statement Due


Third Pre-Election Campaign Finance Statement Due*


Election Day


Deadline to Certify Election Results


*This statement is required by the City's Campaign Finance Ordinance; Ordinance No. 2198 N.C.S.

Helpful Election Information Links

The websites below provide valuable election information for candidates, campaign committees and voters. Please contact the City Clerk if you have any questions regarding the upcoming election.

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Fair Political Practices Commission

Secretary of State 

California State Elections Code


2016 or 2018 Candidates for Mayor or City Council. Click on a NAME to view the content.

Mike Healy (Committee I.D.# TBD):
Petaluma City Council Candidate 2016

COMMITTEES. Click on a NAME to view the content.

Peace Officers Association of Petaluma (Committee I.D. #1259158)
Petaluma Firefighters Association PAC (Committee I.D. #1292681)
Petaluma Tomorrow (Committee I.D. #1245542)

2014 Candidates for MAYOR OR City Council. Click on a NAME to view the content.

2012 Candidates for City Council. Click on a NAME to view the content.



Contact Information

City Clerk,
Claire Cooper, CMC

Samantha Pascoe

11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4360
fax: 707.778.4554
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs
Closed Fridays


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