Candidate Resources

The City Clerk/Elections Official has gathered the following information and resources for those who want to run for office: 

Candidate EligibilityReady-to-Run

  • A candidate must be a United States Citizen; 
  • 18 years old on or before the election day and  and a citizen of the state (Government Code Section 1020);
  • A registered voter living in the City of Cloverdale at the time nomination papers are issued (The City Clerk will verify voter registration with the County of Sonoma Registrar of Voters.)  Unless otherwise specifically provided, no person is eligible to be elected or appointed to an elective office unless that person is a registered voter and otherwise qualified to vote for that office at the time that nomination papers are issued to the person as provided for in Section 10227 of the Elections Code.
  • A person is disqualified from holding any office upon conviction of designated crimes as specified in the Constitution and the laws of the State of California (Government Code Section 1021).

Nomination Process

During the nomination period, interested candidates meet with the Elections Official (City Clerk) to review the virtual Candidate's Guide which containing useful information and regulations regarding the election process, campaign, and nomination forms/candidate papers. At their appointment, Candidates also receive the nomination forms / papers to be completed and filed prior to the end of the nomination period. Nomination Forms for eligible candidates that desire to file are available from the Office of the City Clerk, 124 N. Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale CA, 95424, during the Nomination Period, by appointment only - Contact to make an appointment.

Nomination Period

July 15, 2024 at 8 a.m. through August 9, 2024 at 5 p.m. 

Candidate's Information Guide

The Candidate's Information Guide is available only online at

This guide is not a static document, it is a dynamic reference that will continuously be updated with new and helpful election information.    

Candidate Information Guide 2024 (Digital)

Public Information

Becoming a candidate for public office means that information about you will become a matter of public record. With a few exceptions, this includes any and all documents submitted to the City during the course of the election. Consequently, these documents must, by law, be available to the public for inspection and/or copying.