How to Run for Office
The next Fairfax General Municipal Election will be held November 3, 2020, when the voters of the Town of Fairfax will elect three members to the Town Council, each for a 4-year term.
You must be a registered Fairfax Voter to be eligible to run for office. You can register or confirm that you are registered by contacting the Marin County Elections Office. https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv
Nomination papers for eligible candidates interested in filing for office are available from the Town Clerk’s Office beginning Monday, July 13, 2020, during regular business hours. The deadline to file the papers with the Town Clerk is 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020, unless an incumbent fails to file, in which case there will be a 5-day extension period to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Please contact the Town Clerk to schedule an appointment to obtain and file nomination papers.
The FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) mandates the campaign filing requirements for local candidates. The Town Clerk serves as the filing officer for local campaign disclosure statements. Candidates are required to disclose certain economic interests, and must file periodic campaign reports. Failure to file appropriate statements and reports can result in criminal, civil, or administrative penalties. Failure to file within prescribed deadlines can also lead to monetary filing penalties for each day a statement is late. The appropriate forms may be obtained from either the Town Clerk’s Office or the FPPC website.
- Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501)
A candidate for local office must file this form prior to solicitation or receipt of any contribution or expenditure of any personal funds used for the election. The form is filed with the Town Clerk.
- Statement of Organization Recipient Committee (Form 410)
A candidate that raises contributions from others totaling $2,000 or more during a calendar year must file an original Form 410 with the Secretary of State to disclose campaign bank account information and to receive a campaign committee identification number. A copy of the form is filed with the Town Clerk.
- Recipient Committee Campaign Statement (Form 460)
A candidate who has a controlled committee, or who has raised or spent or will raise or spend $2,000 or more during a calendar year in connection with an election to office, will be required to file this form periodically prior to and following the election.
- Campaign Statement – Short Form (Form 470)
Candidates who do not intend to raise or spend $2,000 in a calendar year in conjunction with their candidacy will file a Form 470 with the Town Clerk.
- Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
Candidates are required to file a Form 700 disclosing all reportable investments, interests in real property and income. Please be aware that all statements, and information submitted in conjunction with the statements, are a matter of public record and available for review by any requester..
The Political Reform Act, in part, provides that:
Receipts and expenditures in election campaigns should be fully and truthfully disclosed in order that the voters may be fully informed and improper practices may be inhibited. (Gov. Code §81002(a))
Assets and income of public officials that may be materially affected by their official actions should be disclosed, and in appropriate circumstances the officials should be disqualified from acting in order that conflicts of interest may be avoided. (Gov. Code §81002(c))
Register to vote
Hard copies of the voter registration form are available at Town Hall. Please visit the Marin County Elections website for more information. https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv
Limitations and Restrictions on Gifts, Honoraria, Travel and Loans
FPPC Manual 2 – Local Candidates
Email Advice from FPPC – Phone: 1-866-275-3772