How To Run For Office In California

Each state has its own set of rules and regulations that would-be candidates must comply with in order to appear on a ballot for political office. Below you would find some helpful resources, information, and links on running for office in the State of California.
How To Run For Office In California

There are three ways for a would-be candidate to get their name on a ballot in the State of California. You can join a major political party, run as an independent, or run as a write-in candidate. California also has signature and financial requirements for candidates in order for your name to appear on a ballot. The following link goes into more detail on the process of becoming a political candidate in the State of California. Learn More

Term Limits In California

Governor – Two Terms
Lieutenant Governor – Two Terms
State Senator – 12 Years in either Senate or Assembly
State Assembly – 12 Years in either Senate or Assembly

Filing Deadline: 12/6/2019

For more information contact:

California Secretary of State

Candidate-Statements@sos.ca.gov

Telephone: 916-657-2166

1500 11th St., Fifth Floor Sacramento, California 95814

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