SAN LUIS OBISPO — The nomination period for the Presidential Primary opened on Tuesday, Nov. 12. California’s Presidential Primary Election will be on March 3.

Anyone interested in running for office must complete the necessary paperwork by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. This deadline will extend to Wednesday, Dec. 11, if the incumbent for an office does not file by the Dec. 6 deadline. This extension period does not apply for party central committee or county council contests or when the incumbent is not running due to term limits.

The contests on the ballot include voter-nominated races for U.S. Congress 24th  District, 17th District State Senator, 35th District Member of the State Assembly, 1st, 3rd, and 5th District Supervisor, and the partisan offices of central committee/county council contests for all qualified parties except the American Independent Party.

The complete list of contests on the ballot as well as the qualifications can be found in the  March 3, 2020, candidates manuals located on the Clerk-Recorder’s website at


Anyone interested in running for office is encouraged to call the elections office at 781-5228 to make an appointment so their papers can be prepared in advance. 

The list of candidates who have taken out papers will also be listed on the above website and will be updated daily beginning Nov. 13. 

Anyone with questions may contact the County Clerk-Recorder at 781-5228.