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Election Information: 2014 Candidate Information

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Offices up for Election - November 4, 2014
City Auditor
City Council Districts 1, 4, 7, 8
Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner (5 seats)
School Board Director (3 seats)

All terms of office are for the period December 1, 2014 through November 30, 2018.
Election to the office of Auditor and City Council requires a 50% + 1 majority vote threshold. 
Rent Board and School Board winners are determined by plurality vote.

 Roster of Candidates (this roster will be updated daily starting on May 30, 2014 and will reflect actions taken and paperwork filed by all candidates for City office)

 Calendar - November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election

Candidate Guide
The Candidate Handbook and Resource Guide  
is provided to all candidates to assist them with the nomination and campaign process. A hard copy will be provided to all candidates by the City Clerk upon issuing in lieu petition forms or nomination papers.

Signatures In-Lieu of Filing Fee
All candidates must pay a filing fee to the City Clerk in the amount of $150. Candidates may obtain signatures from Berkeley voters to offset the filing fee. Petition forms must be obtained directly from the City Clerk Department. The first day to obtain petition forms is May 30, 2014, and the final day to file in lieu petitions is July 24, 2014.  

 Full Instructions for In Lieu Petitions (PDF 119KB) 

Campaign Finance Reports
Electronic Filing is now MANDATORY in the City of Berkeley. For more information, please visit the Electronic Campaign Statement Filing page.  Campaign statements filed pursuant to the state Polical Reform Act and the Berkeley Election Reform act can be accessed by following this link -

Nomination Period
The candidate nomination period opens on Monday, July 14, 2014. All candidates running for office at the November 4, 2014 General Municipal Election must complete all required paperwork between July 14th and August 8th. Nomination papers will be available at the City Clerk Department starting July 14th - appointments are REQUIRED. To make an appointment, please call 981-6900 or e-mail

Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked-choice voting or "instant run-off voting," allows voters to rank up to three candidates, in order of preference, when marking their ballots. Ranked-choice voting eliminates the need for run-off elections, and is currently approved for use in Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro.


Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6973 - 
Berkeley City Clerk Department (510) 981-6900 – 

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