County of Marin - News Releases - Candidate Filing Period

For Immediate Release
July 06, 2020

Candidate Filing Opens for November Election

Nominations accepted July 13 through August 7

San Rafael, CA – If you’re inspired and feel a calling toward public service, take note that the nomination period opens July 13 for local offices in the November 3, 2020, General Election.

An exterior view of the Elections Department showing an American flag hanging out in front of the glass doors.The Elections Department is on the first floor of the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.
The nomination period ends at 5 p.m. Friday, August 7, with an extension to Wednesday, August 12, if an incumbent officeholder does not file. Seats open for nomination include:

  • Marin County Board of Education and 19 school districts
  • Special districts including community services districts, fire protection districts, the Marin Healthcare District, public utility districts, recreation districts, the Marin Resource Conservation District, sanitary districts, and water districts
  • Cities and towns include Belvedere, Fairfax, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon (municipal candidates must file nomination documents with their respective city clerk)

A complete list of open seats can be found on the November General Election page of

Candidates may pick up and file nomination papers at the Marin County Elections Department, Suite 121, Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Due to the pandemic, an appointment is required. The hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7. Candidates can submit their application form online as well.

In addition to an appointment, candidates visiting the office must wear a face covering and numbers of people allowed in the lobby at one time will be limited. Candidates visiting the office without an appointment will have to wait until all other appointments are completed. The appointment calendar is online at Candidates should not come to the Elections Department if they are feeling ill.

Staff can arrange for virtual witnessing of signatures on the candidate forms. Specific original documents must still be received in the office by the applicable deadline.

For more information about offices, terms, qualifications, or filing documents, call Dan Miller, Candidate Services, at 415-473-6437, or go to

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Lynda Roberts
Registrar of Voters
Elections Department

Marin Civic Center Administration Building
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6401
Email: Lynda Roberts
Elections website