General Municipal Elections in Cupertino are held in November of even numbered years. The elected officers of the City of Cupertino consist of five Councilmembers who are elected "at large" to overlapping four-year terms. The offices of Mayor and Vice Mayor are filled annually by election of the Councilmembers.
A General Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, November 6 to elect three Councilmembers each to a four-year term. Under Cupertino's term limits, Councilmember Darcy Paul and Savita Vaidhyanathan are eligible to run for one additional four-year term. Councilmember Barry Chang has served two consecutive four-year terms and is not eligible to run.
Information for Potential Candidates
Anyone who is a registered voter within the corporate limits of Cupertino is eligible to run for City Council. In order to be a registered voter in Cupertino in Santa Clara County, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and a Cupertino resident.
The first step (after registering to vote) is to file an original Candidate Intention Statement, Form 501, with the Office of the City Clerk. You must file this before raising or spending any funds for your campaign.
The second step is to open a campaign committee by filing an original Statement of Organization Recipient Committee, Form 410, with the Secretary of State and a copy with the City Clerk. This form must be filed as soon as you either raise or spend $2,000.
These forms and the Manual 2, information for local candidates, can be found on the Fair Political Practices Commission website or in the City Clerk’s Office. If you suspect a violation of campaign ethics, please contact the FPPC at 800.561.1861.
The Nomination Period to pull papers to run for City Council opens Monday, July 16. Please make an appointment with the City Clerk and allow at least 45 minutes. The Nomination Paper must be signed by at least 20 and no more than 30 registered voters in Cupertino. The Nomination Period deadline to file the Nomination Paper and other documents is Friday, August 10. The Nomination Period will be extended to Wednesday, August 15 if an incumbent who is eligible to run chooses not to do so.
2018 Candidate Handbook
Rules and Regulations
The Role of the City Clerk
The Cupertino City Clerk 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. You may view the campaign disclosures online or purchase copies at 10 cents per page from the City Clerk's Office.
For more information call the City Clerk's Office at 408.777.3223, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit City Hall in person at 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino.
Information for Voters
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters web site provides County-wide, on-line information about voter registration, candidates' statements, and ballot measures. That office has paid positions available year-round for poll workers. For more information visit the Registrar of Voters or call 408.299.VOTE (8683).
You must re-register if you have moved since you last voted.
Upcoming Important Dates
October 8 – First Day for Mailing of Vote By Mail Ballots
October 22 – Last Day to Register to Vote in November 6 Election
October 30 – Last Day to Request Vote By Mail Ballot
City Clerk's Office
City Clerk Grace Schmidt
Deputy City Clerk Kirsten Squarcia
10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, California 95014
- How City Council Works
- California Secretary of State
- California Voter Foundation
- League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
- League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale
- The Fair Political Practices Commission
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
- Voter's Edge sponsored by League of Women Voters of California