2018 General Municipal Election

The next regularly scheduled General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  The even-numbered Council District seats 2, 4, and 6 will be up for election starting in November 6, 2018. Current at-large council members will remain seated until November 3, 2020, when the remaining four odd-numbered Council District seats will be up for election.  Under Santa Rosa's new district-based election system, voters may only elect one council member for the Council district they are registered in.  Learn more information about our transition to the District-Based Election System.


A very small number of voters may receive a district boundary change letter from Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office. . Impacted voters were mailed a new ballot, a new Voter Information Guide, and the aforementioned district boundary change letter on October 15, 2018. In addition, any voter with a phone number on file was contacted by phone. To find out if your location or ballot type has changed, please go to Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Polling Place and Voter Information Guide Lookup.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office at (707) 565-6800.


July 16 - Aug 10, 2018 Candidate nomination period is open
Aug 24, 2018 Randomized alphabet drawing by Secretary of State
Sept 7, 2018 Political campaign signs may be erected
Sept 27, 2018 1st Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 7/1/18-9/22/18)
Oct 25, 2018 2nd Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 9/23/18-10/20/18)
Nov 2, 2018 3rd Pre-Election Campaign Statement (period covering 10/21/18-11/2/18)
Oct 8 - 30, 2018  Vote By Mail period
Oct 22, 2018 Last day to register to vote in the November election
Nov 6, 2018 ELECTION DAY
Nov 21, 2018 Deadline to remove political signs


Residents can look up their district by using the interactive map online below. To view the precinct map, please visit Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website.

District Voting in Santa Rosa

The City of Santa Rosa has changed how Council Members are elected from an at-large election system to a district-based election system.  Voters will only vote for the City Council position up for election in their specified district.  All seven current Council Members will continue to represent the City at-large until their term ends.  At the end of their terms, the Council Members may run for re-election in the district they live in at the time they file their nomination papers.  The following seats are currently served by the Council Members whose current terms are at-large.

  • Chris Coursey, term ends November 2018
  • John Sawyer, term ends November 2018
  • Tom Schwedhelm, term ends November 2018
  • Julie Combs, term ends November 2020
  • Ernesto Olivares, term ends November 2020
  • Chris Rogers, term ends November 2020
  • Jack Tibbetts, term ends November 2020

Nomination Period

The Nomination Period for district offices 2, 4, and 6 will begin on Monday, July 16, 2018 and closes on August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nomination papers must be obtained in person and are available at the City of Santa Rosa, Office of the City Clerk, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 9, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.  Appointments are encouraged.  To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 543-3011. 

The election is being consolidated with the Statewide General Election.  To view all offices up for election, please contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.  

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Ballot Measures

The City Clerk is the local election official that coordinates with Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to conduct municipal elections.  Currently, the City of Santa Rosa has one proposed initiative that has been filed.  To find out more information, please click here.