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August 12, 2022

Nomination period opens for November election

Candidates have until Aug. 12 to file

The nominations period opened on July 18 for candidates who want to run for local offices in the Nov. 8 election. 

The period closes at 5pm Aug. 12, according to a press release from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office, but it can be extended to Aug. 17, for contests in which an eligible incumbent officeholder does not file.

The following local offices are currently in the nominations period for Gilroy voters in the Nov. 8 election: Gilroy City Council (three seats), Gilroy Unified School District (Trustee Areas 1, 3, 4 and 7), Gavilan College Trustee Area 3 and Santa Clara Valley Water District 1.

Candidates for Gilroy City Council must contact the Gilroy City Clerk to schedule an appointment to be issued the necessary forms and nomination papers, and another follow up appointment to file their completed nomination papers and other required documents. 

For information on running for Gilroy City Council, visit the Gilroy City Clerk’s elections website at

For all other seats up for election, the registrar’s office is providing candidates with both in-person and online support options for issuing and filing nomination documents during the nominations period. Filing forms can be found online at  

Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment and begin the nomination filing process as early as possible to ensure all paperwork is accurately completed and submitted on time.

“We expect an overwhelming number of candidate filings this November,” said Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey. “We strongly encourage all candidates to file as early as possible. Our Candidate Services Division can provide you with all the resources you need to file successfully.”

Candidates must pay all required filing fees prior to issuance of nomination documents and, if applicable, pay any candidate statement deposits at the time nomination documents are filed, says the press release.

Staff Report
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