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Judge Symons announced retirement

Superior Court Judge Ari Symons announced Wednesday, November 6, that she is retiring from her position and will not seek re-election to the office of Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election. Her term ends on January 4, 2021.

Judge Symons filed her Declaration of Intention and paid her non-refundable filing fee, so the Declaration of Intention period closed at 5pm, Wednesday, November 6 because the incumbent had filed her paperwork.

However, pursuant to Elections Code Section 8204 if an incumbent judge files a declaration of intention but for any reason fails to file his or her nomination papers by the last day, which is December 6, an additional five days shall be allowed for the filing of nomination papers for the office.

Any person other than the person who was the incumbent, if otherwise qualified, may file nomination papers for the office during the extended period, notwithstanding that he or she has not filed a written and signed declaration of intention to become a candidate for the office as provided in Sections 8023 and 8201.

Therefore, our office must wait until 5pm, Friday, December 6. If Judge Symons does not file her Declaration of Candidacy by 5pm, December 6, the filing period will extend until 5pm, Wednesday, December 11 for anyone other than Judge Symons to file their candidacy papers.

The County Clerk/Elections Office will be open on Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 2pm if the contest does extend in the event Judge Symons does not file her Declaration of Candidacy.

Candidacy filing requirements include:

  1. Paying the nonrefundable filing fee of $2,000.42 - cash, check or money order
  2. Obtaining a Nomination Paper to collect signatures of 20 voters in Santa Cruz County
  3. Filing a Declaration of Candidacy with Ballot Designation Worksheet
  4. Filing and paying for an optional Candidate Statement of Qualifications to be printed in the County Voter Information Guide and posted online – cost is $5,165
  5. Filing a Conflict of Interest Form 700

More information can be found in the March 3, 2020 Candidate's Handbook.

Anyone who has filed a Declaration of Intention by 5pm, Wednesday, November 6, may come in beginning Monday, November 11 to complete their candidacy paperwork. (November 11 is a holiday, but our office will be open from 9am to 5pm.)

Anyone interested in running for the office who plans on raising and spending money, must file a Form 501 and set up a committee with a Form 410 if they plan to raise or spend more than $2,000. This can be done at anytime. 

If you have questions, please contact County Clerk Gail Pellerin at 831-454-2419 or