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How to Run for Office

Fundamentals to Run for Office

For information on candidacy requirements to run for the City of San Diego office of Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council, please view PDF icon How to Run for Office

Other Election Resources:

San Diego City Charter:

San Diego Municipal Code:

PDF icon City Clerk Administrative Guidelines (Section 1: Elections; Section 2: Nomination Papers; Sub-Section 2.1: Designation of Principal Profession, Vocation, or Occupation (DOT); Sub-Section 2.2: Statement of Qualifications (SOQ))

Fair Political Practices Commission (Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement; Form 410: Statement of Organization; and other campaign forms)

Ethics Commission (Campaign Laws and Educational Material; Campaign Manuals; Ethics Commission Contact: 619-533-3476)

PDF icon Campaign Contribution Limits (2021 Update)