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.
The required papers to file and run for office must 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.
For more information on filing, please contact the Town Clerk at (408) 354-6834 or Clerk@LosGatosCA.gov and by referring to the Town of Los Gatos Candidate’s Guide.
Measure/Initiative Argument General Information
California Elections Code allows registered voters to submit arguments in favor of or against any measure/initiative being submitted to the voters.
To file an argument in favor of or against a measure that has been placed on a ballot, please complete and submit the Declaration of Author(s) of Arguments or Rebuttals and an electronic copy of text of argument in Microsoft Word.
If an author of an argument would like to authorize any other person to author/sign the rebuttal (if appropriate), written authorization is required. Please complete and submit the Rebuttal Signer Authorization and an electronic copy of text of argument in Microsoft Word.
Rebuttal arguments are allowed only when both a direct argument for AND against a measure are filed.
For complete requirements, please refer to the current California Elections Code for local measures.
The 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).
Download the free SCCVOTE mobile App here.
National voting and election information may be found on the California Secretary of State website.
Both the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the California Secretary of State post lists of candidates and election results during state and national elections.
The Role of the Town Clerk
The Town Clerk /Elections Official oversees the election process, with particular emphasis on required candidate filings. This includes Nomination Papers, Statements of Economic Interest (also known as Conflict of Interest Statements), and Campaign Finance Disclosure forms.
Candidate FPPC Campaign Statements
Candidate FPPC Campaign Statement (501, 410, 460, etc.) filings may be viewed online here or in the office of the Town Clerk.
These proposed measures will tentatively be on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot pending qualification. To view a copy of the Title and Summary, please click on the following links:
For more information, please contact the Town Clerk's Office.