Deadline nears for candidates to file for Nov. 8 election

The deadline for running for public office is fast approaching.

Candidates interested in running in the Nov. 8 general election have until Friday to file the necessary paperwork for their name to appear on the ballot. If an incumbent doesn’t file for re-election by that deadline, nonincumbents have until Wednesday, Aug. 17 to file.

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said business has been brisk at the Clerk-Recorder’s Office for candidates filing for school and special district contests. However, only about a third of the districts have enough candidates for the contest to be on the ballot. If a race is not contested, it will not appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Candidates running for city council seats in any of the county’s cities should file their candidacy papers with the city clerk. The same deadlines apply.

A candidate should plan to spend about a half-hour with clerk-recorder staff to learn about the requirements and fill out the necessary paperwork. A list of candidates who have filed for office (with the exception of city council races) can be found at the clerk-recorder’s website at www.slovote.com.