City of Villa Park General Municipal Election
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
This page provides you with information related to the two (2) separate processes related to running for local office:
1. Becoming an official City Councilmember candidate
2. Starting a campaign which raises or expends funds toward a particular election
Please be advised: The City Clerk’s Office is prohibited from providing third-party advice related to specific campaign activities. We encourage you to research and familiarize yourself with the information provided in this packet, the materials, rules, and regulations provided by the State of California (listed further in this packet), and enlist the support of the appropriate legal and financial counsel prior to starting your campaign or filing your official nomination paperwork.
BECOMING AN OFFICIAL CITY COUNCILMEMBER CANDIDATE
Your name can only appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot as a qualified City of Villa Park City Council candidate through the official candidate nomination process. Nomination paperwork cannot be issued or filed outside of the official nomination period. Nomination paperwork can only be issued by the Villa Park City Clerk.
Positions Open for Election: City Councilmember, 2 seats open
- 4 year terms (November 2020 – November 2024)
Candidate Qualifications: At the time the nomination papers are issued, a candidate must be:
- At least 18 years old
- A United States citizen
- A resident of the City of Villa Park
- Registered to vote in the City of Villa Park
Candidate Filing Period: Monday, July 13, 2020, 8am through Friday, August 7, 2020, 5pm
Please note: Nomination period will be extended through Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5pm should an eligible incumbent fail to file official nomination paperwork by Friday, August 7, 2020, 5pm
Election Official: City Clerk, City of Villa Park
17855 Santiago Boulevard, Villa Park, CA 92861
All official paperwork must be issued from and filed with the City Clerk of Villa Park during regular office hours. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with the City Clerk for issuance of the Nomination Paperwork during the nomination period.
Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm (except as posted)
STARTING YOUR CAMPAIGN
You are not prohibited from raising or expending funds towards an election prior to becoming an official candidate. You can form an election committee any time prior to a particular election as long as you follow the rules and regulations set by the State of California pursuant to election campaigns.
There is certain paperwork you must file at the local and state level prior to expending or receiving funds toward a particular election campaign, depending on the source and amount of the funds.
This paperwork is available free of charge through the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Along with this information sheet, the City Clerk’s Office will provide you with the FPPC’s Manual for Local Candidates, the FPPC’s Information Fact Sheet for Local Candidates, and copies of the most commonly utilized forms. The City Clerk’s Office cannot advise you as to the appropriate forms to file or when to file your campaign paperwork. Deadlines for the filing of campaign forms are listed within the information provided by the FPPC.
NOTE: You can ONLY become an official candidate by being issued and filing the Official Nomination paperwork during the Official Filing period. Paperwork cannot be issued by the City Clerk prior to the Nomination period and cannot be accepted after the final deadline. The Official Candidate Nomination period for the November 3, 2020 election is: Monday, July 13, 2020, 8am through Friday, August 7, 2020, 5pm.
Starting your campaign: Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento, CA 95814
FPPC - Candidate Toolkits – How to get started with your campaign
FPPC - Campaign Rules
FPPC – Information Manual for Local Candidates
California Secretary of State, Political Reform Division
1500 11th Street, 4th Floor, Room 495
Sacramento, CA 95814