Elections: How to Become a Candidate for San Marino City Council

San Marino residents can file through Aug. 11 to be a city council candidate in the November election, when two city council seats will be open.

Two San Marino City Council seats are up for election on November 8—that of Councilman Dennis Kneier and that of Councilman Eugene Sun. Both incumbents are eligible to run for re-election and it is currently unclear if they will run opposed.

For those interested in running for San Marino City Council, follow the process below to file the paperwork necessary to become a candidate and get your name on the ballot.

The deadline to file for candidacy for San Gabriel Valley elections is Aug. 12, but since that date falls on a Friday and San Marino City Hall is closed Fridays, the deadline to file for San Marino City Council candidacy is Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.

How to File for San Marino City Council Candidacy:

  • See the San Marino City Clerk, Veronica Ruiz, at City Hall and she will review the candidate handbook with you and give you the necessary forms to fill out. Her City Hall phone number is (626) 300-0705 and her email is vruiz@cityofsanmarino.org.
  • Fill out the nomination form, which requires prospective candidates to get 20 signatures from registered San Marino voters. Ruiz recommends getting 30 signatures just in case some of them prove to be invalid.
  • Bring necessary completed paperwork back to City Hall.
  • Pay a fee of $300 for your candidate statement to appear in the voter information guide. The fee is $600 to have a candidate statement printed in English and Spanish.
  • After the paperwork is filed, the city verifies the signatures candidates obtained from registered San Marino voters.


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