Candidates & Campaigns

Candidates & Campaigns

How Do I Become a Candidate?


Here are the necessary steps potential candidates need to become a qualified candidate. This information applies only for offices managed by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. For City offices, please contact the respective City Clerk.

Request Contactless Delivery of Candidate Filing Documents

To maintain the health and safety of both candidates and employees, we strongly encourage you to request your filing of candidacy paperwork be emailed or mailed to you.

In-person Services Provided by Appointment ONLY

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit exposure for both you and our employees, the Registrar is providing in-person services by appointment only.

We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone (858) 505-7260 or email

If you need to pick up your documents in person, you must make an appointment. Documents may only be picked up by the candidate, or by the person authorized by the candidate. The form needed to authorize someone to pick up the candidate’s documents is available prior to the next election. To make an appointment, call (858) 505-7260 or email

Verify the district you live in. District verification

Candidate Filing (You have two ways to file.)

1.    To file completed candidacy documents, candidates may schedule an appointment and execute the declaration of candidacy form at the Registrar of Voters Office. 

2.    Completed candidacy documents with the notarized declaration of candidacy may be mailed to our office.

For questions or clarifications please contact us by phone (858) 505-7260 or email

2021 Adjusted County Contribution Limits

The County of San Diego Contribution Limit for County offices was set at $900 per county primary and general election. These offices include:

  • Board of Supervisors
  • Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • County Board of Education

Individual Contribution 

Political Party Contribution 
$28,700 Supervisorial Districts
$57,400 Countywide Offices (except County Board of Education)

Note: Individual contribution limits apply for each election and to County Offices Only. Learn more