UPDATED Feb. 19, 2016: In June, the top two candidates in each county race that receive the most votes will advance to the November Primary.
MARTINEZ, Calif. – The first step on the road to the June 7 Presidential Primary Election begins this week, as Contra Costa residents are invited to start filling out nomination papers if they plan to run for certain elected offices.
The nomination period for United States Senator, Congress and State Assembly opened Tuesday, Feb. 16. In those races, the top two vote getters in June will advance to the November election.
Thus far, no candidates hailing from Martinez have pulled papers to run for those offices.
Four-year terms for county offices, however, have drawn interest from at least one local. Board of Supervisors seats are up for grabs in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Supervisorial Districts, and Martinez City Councilwoman AnaMarie Avila Farias has declared her intention to run in District 5, challenging current supervisor Federal Glover.
Candidates seeking county offices must remit a $1,044 filing fee and collect 20 signatures to be on the ballot. In June, the two candidates receiving the most votes will advance to the November Primary.
Should Avila Farias advance to the Primary, it will likely upset her candidacy for City Council. Her term on the council expires this November.
The nomination period for all offices closes 5 p.m. Friday, March 11.
The Contra Costa County Elections Division has announced it will provide updates throughout the nomination period via Twitter and Facebook about who has pulled papers to run for office and when candidate signatures have been verified.
Interested parties can view the Candidate Guide online at: http://www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/2016_CandidateGuide_Combined_Updated-12-30-15.pdf.
For those interested in seeking local political offices in November, the nomination period for the Nov. 8 General Election starts in mid-July.
For more information, call (925) 335-7874 or visit www.cocovote.us.