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February 29, 2012


Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 Fax: 650.363.1903 E-mail:


Alternate: David Tom, Elections Manager
Phone: (650) 312-5222 E-mail:


Candidate Filing Closes Friday, March 9
Presidential Primary Election



(Redwood City, CA) Those interested in running for office in the June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election have until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2012 to file their nomination papers with the San Mateo County Elections Office.  The same deadline applies to local jurisdictions that intend to place a measure on the June ballot.


The candidate filling period for the Presidential Primary Election opened on February 13.  The law provides candidates with a 26-day window in which to file the necessary paperwork.  To date, numerous candidates have filed nomination papers to run for the open federal, state, county and central committee offices.  The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening.  To view the roster, please go to


“Local jurisdictions have until March 9 to place a measure on the ballot for voter consideration.” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.  “Information regarding each measure will be posted online as it is received.”


The candidate filing period will automatically be extended for 5 calendar days (until March 14) for any office where an eligible incumbent does not file to run for reelection.


The close of the candidate filing period also marks the opening of the 10-day public review period when any member of the public has the opportunity to review resolutions, ordinances, tax rate statements, and candidate statements.  Any registered voter of the election jurisdiction, or the elections official, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted.  This initial public review period will run from March 16 to March 26.