Santa Monica’s election season begins next week with the opening of the candidate nomination period: Monday, July 13 through Friday, August 7. The open seats for elected office are: City Council: four full-term and one partial-term seats. Rent Control Board: two seats. Santa Monica College District Board: three seats. Santa Monica-Malibu School District Board: three seats.

The California Secretary of State and Los Angeles County election officials have advised that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they must continue to require that nominating papers contain original signatures and they cannot accept electronic signatures. Candidates will have to gather a reduced number of 60 original signatures. This reduces the original signature requirement in light of the risks posed by personal contacts in the COVID-19 environment.

Interested candidates are invited to attend an online candidate workshop on Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/udukvaju to learn about the nomination process, and make an appointment with the City Clerk’s Office to pick up forms. Completed forms must be filed by Friday, August 7 at 5 p.m. Visit smvote.org for election information.

Submitted by Constance Farrell