- Candidate must have been a registered voter in the
City of Modesto for 30 days prior to filing
nomination paper (Charter Sec. 701)
- Must live in the City of Modesto
To pull nomination
papers, contact Stephanie Lopez, City Clerk at 577-5396
during the filing period beginning
Monday, July 13, 2015,
and ending Friday, August 7, 2015.
As the process to pull nomination papers takes
approximately one hour, it is highly recommended that
potential candidates make an appointment with the City
Clerk to pull their nomination papers. The nomination
filing period will be extended if any incumbent does not
file by the August 7, 2015, deadline.
Candidate packets will include the following
information and forms to file:
- Nomination paper (need at least 20 signatures of
persons nominating you to run for office)
- Candidates statement for Voter Pamphlet
(Optional). A deposit is required at time of filing.
- Statement of Economic Interest Form
- Campaign Reports on monies collected and spent
will be filed at regular intervals during the
The next regular municipal election for the City of
Modesto will be held on Tuesday, November 3,
If no candidate for the elective office of Mayor
receives a majority of the votes cast, a second regular
municipal election shall be held on the first
Tuesday in February of each each even-numbered
year commencing with the year 2012. The two candidates
receiving the highest number of votes at the first
regular municipal election shall have their names placed
on the run-off ballot.
Modesto has a Council-Manager
form of government. Voters elect the City Council to
serve as the policy-making board of the City. The
Council, in turn, appoints a
City Manager to administer these
The Modesto City Council has seven members, including
elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis for four-year
terms of office expire in alternate odd numbered
years. The City Council serves as a legislative body,
enacting ordinances, orders and resolutions necessary
for governing Modesto as outlined in the City Charter
and deemed important by the public.
In addition to their representation of the citizens
of Modesto and their vote at City Council meetings,
Council members are appointed to various
sub-committees and given other assignments by the
Mayor during their terms in office.
The Modesto City Council holds regular meetings at
5:30 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of
each month. The Council generally does not meet on the
5th Tuesday of a month. Special meetings may be called
by the Mayor or a majority of the Council members.
The Mayor is paid $3,600 per month, and the six other
Council members are paid $2,000 per month, and all
receive $30 for each Redevelopment Agency meeting
attended (amount decided by State Government Code based
on population). Council members are also reimbursed for
Measure M, passed by Modesto voters on February 5,
2008, revised several sections of the City's Charter
regarding the duties of the Mayor as well as the
election of the Mayor and the Council members. Changes
included moving from election-at-large to district
election of the six Council members with the Mayor
position continuing with the election-at-large process.
Revised Charter Sections were: 601, 703, 800, 801, 900,
903, 1201, 1303 and 1304; added Charter Sections
included 725, 902.1, 1302.1 and 1302.2; Charter Section
1302 was revoked. See
online for full text of the Modesto Charter.
Campaign Filings for the 2015 Election