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Wanna Run for SJC City Council?

The period in which to receive and file paperwork from wannabe candidates starts next week.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated with news Councilman Sam Allevato will run for re-election.

run for San Juan Capistrano City Council?

If you’ve been considering it, the time for action is almost at hand. The filing period to run for municipal office opens Monday, July 16, and ends Friday, Aug. 10. City Council candidate nomination papers are available for two, four-year terms.

The two seats up for election are currently held by council members Laura Freese and Sam Allevato. Allevato told Patch Thursday he will run for re-election.

The takes place Nov. 6, coinciding with the presidential and state elections.

Candidates have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 to file nomination documents and statements of qualification for office, according to a city press release. The deadline extends to Aug. 15 if an incumbent decides not to run again and does not file papers by the deadline.

Candidates must be registered voters and reside in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Nomination papers must be signed by not less than 20 and not more than 30 registered voters in San Juan Capistrano. Each candidate is required to file a “statement of economic interests,” disclosing investments and interests in real property when the nomination papers are returned for filing. There is no charge for filing nomination papers.

Candidates can also prepare a statement that includes name, age and occupation and a brief description of no more than 200 words about their education and qualifications, according to the city. The statement is filed with the nomination papers and is included in the sample ballot materials mailed to voters. The charge for providing this service is around $1,000 and is payable at the time of filing nomination papers.

The candidate's packet containing the nomination papers and related election materials needed to run for office will be available on Monday, July 16, at City Hall. All forms required for nomination and election to municipal office are furnished by and filed with the city clerk.

Appointments to obtain the candidate's packet and review the information with the city clerk are highly encouraged. The clerk's office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

City Hall is at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. For more information, call 949-493-1171.

Alberto Barrera July 11, 2012 at 06:13 PM
So how do I run for the school board?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
You need to be 18! But when you're ready: https://electionmapping.ocgov.com/newcandidate/
Frank E. July 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Looks like the Laura and Sam bashers are either asleep or out of town. We have some very talented people in SJC that would serve us well. I hope they run as opposed to those few that do nothing but criticize.

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