Election Q & A

What is on the November 6, 2018 ballot?
Two City Council seats - Elected at-large for a four-year term
- Term ending - Council Member Uecker and Council Member Restuccia

What are the eligibility requirements for Candidacy?
To be eligible to run for City Council, a person must be registered voter of Ripon at the time nomination papers are issued.  In order to qualify as a registered voter in Ripon you must be:
- A United States citizen
- A resident of Ripon
- At least 18 years of age on the date of the next election
- Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

What compensation does City Council receive?
Each member of the City Council shall receive a salary as set forth in Government Code Section 36516.

When can I take out nomination papers?
The nomination period runs from July 16, 2018 until August 10,2018.  If an eligible incumbent has not filed on the last day of the nomination period, eligible candidates other than the incumbent shall have until August 15, 2018 to complete nomination papers.

Is there a fee to pay when I file my nomination papers?
No, the City of Ripon does not charge a fee to file nomination papers.  However, there is a fee to pay if you choose to file a candidate statement.  This fee is determined by the Registrar of Voters office, not the City, and the amount varies with each election.

What if I change my mind about being a candidate after I have filed my nomination papers?
You may withdraw your candidacy any time prior to the close of the nomination period.  If you choose to withdraw after that date, your name will appear on the ballot.

When officeholders or candidates receive contributions of $2,000 or more, are they required to have a committee?
Yes.  An officeholder or candidate who receives contributions (including loans) that total $2,000 or more in a calendar year must file a Form 410 (Statement of Organization).
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