Potential candidates have four weeks to file and declare candidacy

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Clerk-Recorder’s Office announced last week that the candidate filing period for the November 5 General Election opens on Monday, July 15 and runs through Friday, August 9. Anyone interested in running for office must complete the necessary paperwork by 5 p.m. on August 9. This deadline will extend to Wednesday, August 14, if the incumbent for an office does not file by the August 9 deadline.

Contests on the November ballot include:

  • Top-two Federal and State candidates from the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary
  • Open seats on 15 local school boards, 14 community service districts, and five special districts
  • City offices throughout the County

Those interested in being a candidate for city offices must file with their respective City Clerk. A complete list of open contests can be found online at slovote.com.


You may call the Elections Office at (805) 781-5228 to make an appointment for filing candidate paperwork for school board, special district, and community services district contests to ensure that the nomination papers can be prepared in advance.

A list of candidates who have filed and been deemed qualified to be placed on the ballot will be posted daily at slovote.com/november2024 beginning July 15.