Information for Candidates

Filing Obligations

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.

Nomination papers to run for office must be obtained from the Town Clerk when the nomination period opens. The nomination period for the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election is July 13, 2020 to August 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m.  Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Public Health order, Town offices are closed to the public until further notice. Potential candidates for office are required to schedule an appointment with the Town Clerk to pull and file nomination papers. Potential candidates are required to gather not less than twenty and no more than 30 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.
  • Form 460 Recipient Committee Campaign Statement: This form is for use by all recipient committees who has raised or spent or will raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year in connection with election to office or holding office.

Look up Campaign Disclosure Statements and information on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website.

Political Signs

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)).

No Signs, political or otherwise are allowed:

  • Within the public right-of-way. (Sec. 29.10.125(9))
  • Obstructing the view of a traffic sign, signal, or device. (Sec. 29.10.115(7))
  • On any fence, pole tree, pavement, wall, bus stop, bench, or any other object in a public thoroughfare. (Sec. 29.10.115(9))