Running for Office

Seats for Election - 2022

Councilmember from District 1
Councilmember from District 3
Mayor at-large

Pleasanton transition to district elections


Resident and Registered voter in the District for which you are running at the time nomination papers are issued (Councilmember seat);
Resident and Registered voter in the City of Pleasanton at the time nomination papers are issued (Mayor seat);
18 years of age; 
Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Resources to Get Started

Review the Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”) Campaign Disclosure Manual 2, which is available online at This manual provides information on campaign disclosure rules as required under the Political Reform Act. FPPC provides advice by phone at 1-800-275-3772 or by e-mail at 

File the original FPPC Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement with the City Clerk before receiving contributions or expenditure of funds. Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 gives detailed instructions for completing Form 501.

File the original FPPC Form 410 Statement of Organization with the California Secretary of State, along with a $50  filing fee, within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. File a copy of the Form 410 with the City Clerk.

Review the information provided by the FPPC in their Candidate Tool Kit.

FPPC Candidate and Treasurer Webinar: Wednesday, June 15, 2PM-3:30PM. Register at

FPPC Candidate Toolkit
FPPC Campaign Disclosures Manual 2
FPPC Campaign Basics
Alameda County Registrar of Voters
California Secretary of State
City of Pleasanton Municipal Code - Voluntary Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Limit
City of Pleasanton Municipal Code - Political Signs

Nomination Period

The nomination period for the 2022 election is from Monday, July 18, through Friday, August 12, 2022. 

Nomination papers will be issued in-person by appointment only. There will be no papers issued before Monday, July 18, 2022. To make an appointment you make contact the City Clerk beginning July 5, 2022. 

Pre-Nomination Orientation for Prospective Candidates

The City Clerk’s Office will be hosting a pre-nomination orientation session for prospective candidates interested in running for office in the city of Pleasanton. The orientation will include information on district-based elections, city government structure, the role of elected officials, the nomination process, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) filings, campaign statements and disclosure obligations, and provide resources to help prospective candidates get started. This orientation session is free and registration is not required.

Location: Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue 
Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Presentation Slides