Election - November 3, 2020

Town of Atherton - Candidates - November 3, 2020 Election 

After adopting Resolution No. 20-16 and Resolution No. 20 - 17, the Town of Atherton will conduct local elections with the State elections on November 3, 2020. The Town will hold and election for two (2) Council Members to four (4) year terms beginning in December, 2020. 

The Nomination period opens on Monday, July 13th at 8:00 a.m. Nomination papers must be submitted by Friday, August 7th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. except in the event an incumbent for any such office does not file nomination papers by that date and time, the period is extended for five days to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.    


The following is a list of potential Candidates. Candidates are no longer "potential" once they are deemed qualified. A potential candidate is deemed qualified once the County has verified at least 20 signatures on a potential candidates nomination forms. 

NamePulledReturnedDeemed Qualified
Elizabeth Lewis July 13, 2020 July 22, 2020 July 27, 2020
Cary Wiest July 13, 2020 July 27, 2020July 28, 2020
Christine David July 13, 2020 July 21, 2020
July 22, 2020
Diana Hawkins-ManuelianAugust 6, 2020 August 7, 2020 August 7, 2020
Kelly Davis August 6, 2020 N/A

The 10-calendar-day public examination period begins August 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. and ends August 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. for all documents filed as of the filing deadline of August 7, 2020. Between these dates, the Elections Official or any voter of the jurisdiction in which the election is being held, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted if found to be false, misleading or inconsistent with the Elections Code. Documents subject to this review include resolutions, ordinances, declarations and candidate statements. EC §§9190, 9295, 9380, 9509, 13313 

Voter Registration

The last day to register to vote in the election is Monday, October 19, 2020 and is open to all UNITED STATES CITIZENS who will be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the next election.To register to vote click: Register to Vote

2020 Election Information and Resources

Campaign Rules

The City Clerk is the local Filing Officer. All local campaign Committees are required to file Campaign Statements with the City Clerk. The City Clerk maintains regulations and forms under the State’s Political Reform Act. 

All election Form 410, 460, 461, 465, 470, 497, or 501’s filed by Council Candidates are provided by the City Clerk Office.  To arrange for a virtual appointment or if you have any questions, please contact Anthony Suber, City Clerk at asuber@ci.atherton.ca.us or 650.752.0529. 

Election Material

  • Candidate Filing Checklist
  • Letter to Candidate
  • Table of Contents

    Candidacy Papers
    1.Public Information Resume (voluntary)
    2.Nomination Papers/Affidavit Circulator
    3.Declaration of Candidacy/Oath of Office
    4.Ballot Designation Worksheet
    5.Candidates Statement (no form – candidate types and submits hard copy and electronic copy) 200 word max.
    6.Candidate Statement of Qualifications Form
    7.Code of Fair Campaign Practices Form
    8.Permission to Post Personal Information on Internet
    9.Chinese Given Name Translation Form
    10.Form 700 – Conflict of Interest Code

    Campaign Statements and other Forms
    1.Campaign Disclosure Manual 
    2.Form 501 Candidate Intention Statement - This is required of potential candidates before they can begin fundraising.
    3.Form 410 - File this form within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions. Include a $50 payment made payable to the Secretary of State.

    Candidates Raising and Spending less than $2,000

    A candidate who does not plan to raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year, including the candidate’s personal funds, must file one or both of the following forms:

    •Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement). The Form 501 must be filed only if the candidate plans to raise or spend any money, including the candidate’s personal funds.
    •Form 470 (Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement— Short Form). The Form 470 may be filed by a candidate or officeholder who does not anticipate raising or spending $2,000 or more in a calendar year.

    Personal funds used to pay filing or ballot statement fees are not counted toward the $2,000 committee qualification threshold. If a candidate does not raise any money and personal funds are used only to pay filing or ballot statement fees, the candidate is not required to file the Form 501.

    A candidate who plans to raise or spend $2,000 or more in a calendar year, including the candidate’s personal funds, must:

    •File the Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement).
    •File the Form 410 (Statement of Organization).
    •Establish a campaign bank account

    A candidate or officeholder who would like to use leftover campaign funds from a previous election must re-designate or transfer the funds before they become “surplus funds.” (See Chapters 5 and 11 of the Campaign Disclosure Manual)

    As discussed in detail in the Campaign Disclosure Manual, once a candidate controlled committee has raised or spent $2,000 or more, the following reports must also be filed:

    •Form 497 (24-hour Contribution Report). Within 90 days before the election, including the date of the election, if a committee receives a contribution(s) of $1,000 or more from a single source, the Form 497 must be filed within 24 hours.

    •Form 460 (Recipient Committee Campaign Statement). The Form 460 contains an overview of the committee’s activity during a specified period. It is used to file semi-annual and pre-election statements. See Campaign Filing Deadlines included in the section below.

    Other Useful Information
    1.Town of Atherton Municipal Code, Chapter 2
    2.Campaign Filing Deadlines (Form 460)