Candidate Checklist

This page has a convenient checklist for candidates preparing to run for office.

Date Posted: August 31st, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
Last Updated: January 20th, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

1. Candidate Intention Statement

Before beginning your campaign, you must declare which office you are seeking. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk with questions about qualifying as a candidate for the ballot.

File FPPC Form 501 with the Office of the City Clerk and a copy with the Public Ethics Commission prior to soliciting or accepting campaign contributions.

2. Open a Campaign Bank Account

Candidates MUST deposit funds into a campaign bank account before spending money on their campaign. Only one account may be used for campaign funds. Spending money out-of-pocket on campaign expenses is a violation of state and local law.

3. Acceptance of Voluntary Expenditure Ceilings

Contribution limits differ depending upon whether a candidate agrees to voluntarily limit their campaign spending. Candidates who agree to limit their campaign spending may accept contributions in greater amounts than those who do not.

File OCRA Form 301 with the Public Ethics Commission before receiving contributions at a higher amount.

4. Register Your Campaign Committee

File FPPC Form 410 with the California Secretary of State AND a copy with the Public Ethics Commission within 10 days of reaching $2,000 in campaign activity (contributions and expenses).

5. Set up an Electronic Filing Account

The City of Oakland requires candidates file all campaign statements and reports electronically after registering a campaign committee.

Contact the Public Ethics Commission to establish a NetFile account for electronic filing of campaign statements.

6. Statement of Economic Interests

All candidates must disclose information about their personal income and assets.

File FPPC Form 700 with the Office of the City Clerk.

7. File Campaign Disclosure Statements

File FPPC Form 460 electronically with the Public Ethics Commission by the stated deadlines.

8. Late Contribution Reports

File FPCC Form 497 electronically with the Public Ethics Commission within 24 hours of receiving or making contributions of $1,000 or more during the 90-days leading up to election day.

9. Learn About Limited Public Financing

District City Council candidates must attend Limited Public Finance Training to become eligible to receive public financing for their campaigns. Training sessions will be scheduled in the Spring.

10. Stay in Touch

The Public Ethics Commission staff is here to help you understand your responsibilities before, during, and after the election. Keep your contact information current, read our advisory notices, and contact the Public Ethics Commission or Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) when you need assistance or advice.

Public Ethics Commission Advice Line: (510) 238-3593

Public Ethics Commission Advice Email:

FPPC Advice Line: 1 (866) ASK-FPPC (275-3772)

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