Election & Voter Information
The Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years. The elective officers of the Town consist of a Town Council made up of five Council Members who are elected in a non-partisan election. Elected officers serve "at large," representing the entire community, rather than a particular district. The Council Members are elected to four-year overlapping terms with no term limits. The Council selects the Mayor and Vice Mayor annually in November.
Candidates must be registered to vote in the Town of Los Gatos at the time nomination papers are issued by the Office of the Town Clerk. To be a registered voter in the Town, one must reside in the incorporated area of the Town of Los Gatos and be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. To ensure this qualification is met, the Office of the Town Clerk will verify voter registration status with the County of Santa Clara Elections Office before issuing nomination papers.
For more information on filing, please contact the Clerk Administrator at (408) 354-6834 or Clerk@LosGatosCA.gov and by referring to the Town of Los Gatos Candidate's Guide.
Candidates who intend to file nomination papers during the Nomination period may incur filing obligations prior to the Nomination period, pursuant to the Political Reform Act and Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulations.
The nomination period opens in early July of election years and appropriate papers to file and run for office may be obtained from the Town Clerk. Due to the magnitude of forms, schedules and timelines during an election period, potential candidates for office are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Town Clerk when pulling nomination papers. Potential candidates are required to gather twenty valid signatures of registered Los Gatos voters on a mandatory nomination form supplied by the Town Clerk. Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which is mailed to all registered voters, must pay their prorated share of the publishing/printing costs.
Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period:
Form 501 Candidate Intentions Statement: A candidate for state or local office must file this form for each election, including reelection to the same office, and must be filed before soliciting or receiving any contributions, or before making expenditures on behalf of a candidacy.
Form 410 Statement of Organization of Recipient Committee: Must be filed within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions.
Look up Campaign Disclosure Statements and information on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website.
The Los Gatos Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 29 of the Los Gatos Municipal Code, regulates signs in the Town. Los Gatos Political Sign and Solicitation Regulations.
No political sign shall be erected an unreasonable period of time in advance of the election or convention, and all persons who erect political signs or who own or control the premises where political signs are erected, are jointly and severally liable to remove such signs within ten (10) days after the election or convention to which the sign pertains. (Sec. 29.10.110(15)).
Voter InformationThe Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters web site provides county-wide, on-line information about voter registration, candidates' statements, and ballot measures as well as a polling place look-up screen and a list of your current elected representatives. For more information, please visit www.sccvote.org or call (408) 299-VOTE (8683).