The nominations period will open on July 18 for candidates who want to run for local offices in the Nov. 8 election. The nominations period closes at 5pm Aug. 12, according to a press release from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office. The nominations period can be extended to Aug. 17, for contests in which an eligible incumbent officeholder does not file.

The registrar’s office is providing candidates with both in-person and online support options for issuing and filing nomination documents during the nominations period. Filing forms can be found online at

Filled out forms can be submitted at the registrar’s office in person by appointment; walk-in at the registrar’s office; video conference and secured OneDrive folder; or by USPS mail, says the press release.  

Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment and begin the nomination filing process as early as possible to ensure all paperwork is accurately completed and submitted on time.

“We expect an overwhelming number of candidate filings this November,” said Shannon Bushey, Registrar of Voters. “We strongly encourage all candidates to file as early as possible.  Our Candidate Services Division can provide you with all the resources you need to file successfully.”

Candidates must pay all required filing fees prior to issuance of nomination documents and, if applicable, pay any candidate statement deposits at the time nomination documents are filed, says the press release.

Candidates are encouraged to file originally signed nomination documents, including a Declaration of Candidacy and nomination signatures, together in one packet with the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters’ office, Candidate Services Division no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 12, (or by Wednesday, August 17, if an eligible incumbent does not file) to qualify as a candidate.

The following local offices are currently in the nominations period for South County voters in the Nov. 8 election: Santa Clara County Board of Education; Gavilan Joint Community College District; Gilroy Unified School District (four trustee seats); Morgan Hill Unified School District (four trustee seats); Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority board of directors; San Martin County Water; and Santa Clara Valley Water District board of directors. 

Also on the Nov. 8 ballot in Morgan Hill will be two city council seats and the mayor’s seat. The nominations period for those offices also runs from July 18-Aug. 12. Interested candidates should contact the Morgan Hill City Clerk’s office or visit the city’s website at for more information. 

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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