On the first day of election season, 20 Santa Monicans pulled papers from the City Clerk’s office to run for office. 

The Nomination Period for three seats on the City Council, three seats on the Rent Control Board, four seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu School District Board and four seats on the Santa Monica College District Board opened on Monday, July 18.   

Potential candidates must pickup paperwork from the City Clerk’s Office by attending a scheduled workshop or making an appointment within the nomination window. Those forms must be returned by Friday, August 12 unless an incumbent in a race fails to file and in that case, the deadline for that race will be extended through August 17. 

To run for office, potential candidates must gather no less than 100 valid signatures from registered voters in the jurisdiction of the office they are running in to qualify for the ballot. A filing fee must be paid at the time petitions and forms are filed, 

If candidates plan to raise more than $2,000 or spend more than $1,000 during their campaign, thy must establish a Campaign Committee by filing with the Secretary of State and setting up an electronic filing account with the City Clerk’s Office. 

Visit santamonica.gov/topic-explainers/elections for appointment times, general resources on how to run for office, and other election information. 

The process is the same for candidates in neighboring jurisdictions. Candidates in Malibu should pickup their forms from City Clerk’s Office at Malibu City Hall (located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA, 90265) throughout the nomination period during the City Clerk’s office hours, which are posted at: https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/30248/Notice-of-Office-Hours. To schedule an appointment to pull nomination paperwork to begin the nomination process, email City Clerk Kelsey Pettijohn at KPettijohn@MalibuCity.org or call 310-456-2489, ext. 228.

Candidates in Los Angeles must file with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) at their Norwalk Headquarters. Candidates wanting to file paperwork in person must make an appointment prior to visiting the RR/CC Norwalk HQ. Appointments can be made online, or by calling 1-800-815-2666, option 4. Alternatively, candidates may request their paperwork be issued to them by email or U.S. mail if requested in advance of the deadline.

Individuals requesting nomination papers (list will be updated as candidates receive applications):

City Council

Carl Arnold,

Whitney Bain

Albin Gielicz

Troy Harris

Armen Melkonians

Samantha Mota

Lana Negrete (Incumbent)

Ellis Raskin

Caroline M. Torosis

Nathaniel Wilson

Shannon Yoshikawa

Jesse Zwick 


D. Peter Borresen

Arnold Humble

Rent Control Board

Ericka Lesley 

School District

Laurie Lieberman (Incumbent)

Alicia Mignano

Richard Tahvilvidaran-Jesswein (Incumbent)


Angela DiGaetano

College Board 

Nancy Greenstein (Incumbent)

Thomas Peters

Barry Snell (Incumbent)

Nathaniel Wilson


Sion Roy (Incumbent)


Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...