CANDIDATE STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW (Elections Code §13307)
Each candidate for nonpartisan elective office in any local agency, including any
city, county, or district may prepare a Candidate's Statement. All must file a
Candidates Statement Agreement indicating if a statement will be filed or not.
The Candidate's Statement is designed to acquaint voters with candidates'
qualifications for the office they are seeking.
The Statement is printed in the Voters Information Pamphlet section of the
county Sample Ballot mailed to all registered voters in the district eligible to vote on
that particular office.
|PERIOD FOR FILING:
July 17 to August 11
by 5 p.m. The statement must be paid for and filed with the Declaration of Candidacy.
If the Nomination
filing period is extended, then all persons, other than the incumbent, have until August
16, 5 p.m. in which to file their Candidate's Statement along with their Declaration
701 Ocean Street, Room 210, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4076, 831-454-2060. Regular office hours
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Candidate's Statements cannot be filed by FAX.
The statement contains
- age (optional)
- occupation (optional), and
- a brief description of no more than 200 words (unless 400 has been authorized by the
governing board) of the candidate's education and qualifications expressed by the
statement shall not include the party affiliation of the candidate nor membership or
activity in partisan political organizations.
confidential until 5 p.m. on the last day to file. (§13311)
Statements may not be
changed but may be withdrawn no later than 5 p.m. on August 14. If there is an
extended filing time, no later than 5 p.m. on August 17.
Cost for printing a
candidate's statement in the Voters Information Pamphlet shall be paid at the time
of filing the statement with the Declaration of Candidacy. Checks are made payable to the
WRITE YOUR CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT
Be accurate. Documents will be printed as submitted. SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, AND
GRAMMATICAL ERRORS WILL NOT BE CORRECTED BY THE ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT.
C DO NOT USE ALL CAPS. Statements will be rejected if they are typed
in all capital letters or if the statement is not readable. Candidates may type their
statement on the form provided by the Elections Department; type it on their own paper,
double-spaced only; or submit the statement on a disk along with a hard copy. Statements
submitted in a readable electronic format will receive a $25 discount. If there is a
discrepancy between the content of the hard copy and the content in the electronic format,
the hard copy content will prevail.
- Please TYPE your candidate statement
- Do not include party affiliation.
- Statements for judicial offices may not make reference to other candidates for judicial
office or to another candidate's qualifications, character, or activities. (Elections Code
- Do no use profanity or other objectionable language.
- The heading includes the candidates name and office sought. The Candidates
Statement will begin with the words: "Education and Qualifications:"
followed by the text filed by the candidate. These words, as well as the heading, are
standardized and included in the quarter page space provided. The words, however, do not
count toward the number of words allowed for the statement.
- Subheadings and deviations from the standardized heading will not be accepted.
- The "Occupation" field in the Candidates Statement is NOT
governed by the laws and regulations pertaining to the ballot designation that appears
underneath the candidates name on the ballot. Therefore, it may be different from
the candidates ballot designation. However, if its length extends the statement
beyond the space provided, the candidate will be charged double to print the statement.
- The candidates statement must fit inside a quarter page square of the Voters
Information Pamphlet measuring 3.75" wide by 4.5" tall. If the statement exceeds
this space, the candidate will be charged double for using an additional square. Please see example here.
- All text will be formatted flush left no indents will be allowed, except for
- Statements are printed in the Voters Information Pamphlet in type of uniform size,
darkness and spacing. Santa Cruz County uses 9.5 point Arial or Arial Narrow type - no
- Bolding, CAPITALIZING, underlining, and centering text are not permitted. If
the statement contains any bolding, capitalizing (other than abbreviations or acronyms),
underlining, and centering of text, the text will be converted to normal text without
- Limited use of italics is permitted.
- Bullets, using a solid circle ONLY, are permitted and will be indented like the
bullets on this page. If the bulleted text extends the statement beyond the space allowed,
candidates will be charged double, or bullets will be removed and the text will run
together, separated by a semi-colon.
- Notwithstanding the above guidelines, nothing shall be deemed to make any statement or
author of the statement free or exempt from any civil or criminal action or penalty
because of any false, slanderous, or libelous statements offered for printing.