The following forms must be filed to begin your candidacy for the 2020 City Election.
Form RequiredDue Date
Citywide candidates (Mayor, City Attorney, Controller) may file 24 months before the election date.
City Council and LAUSD candidates may file 18 months before the election date.
Within 10 days of opening a campaign committee bank account.
When email addresses, social media accounts, and websites are established.
Within 10 days of raising $2,000.
Before or during Candidate Filing Week.
During Candidate Filing Week.
The following filing schedule applies if your raise or spend less than $2,000 per calendar year:
Due DateForm RequiredPeriod CoveredJan 31, 20192018 Annual
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2018Jan 31, 20202019 Annual
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2019
The following filing schedule applies if you raise or spend $2,000 or more per calendar year:
This filing schedule is tentative and assumes a March 2020 primary election. The date of the primary will be confirmed after November 6, 2018, when voters will decide if primary elections should be moved from June to March. Download PDF.
PRIMARY ELECTION: March 3, 2020
Due DateForm RequiredPeriod CoveredJan 31, 2019Semi-Annual
Jul 1 - Dec 31, 2018Jul 31, 2019Semi-Annual
Jan 1 - Jun 30, 2019Oct 10, 2019Quarterly
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2019Jan 10, 2020Quarterly
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2019Jan 23, 20201st Pre-Election
Jan 1 - Jan 18, 2020Feb 20, 20202nd Pre-Election
Jan 19 - Feb 15, 2020Feb 28, 20203rd Pre-Election
Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2020Jul 31, 2020Semi-Annual
Feb 27 - Jun 30, 2020
GENERAL ELECTION: November 2, 2020 (if necessary)
Due DateForm RequiredPeriod CoveredJul 31, 2020Semi-Annual
Feb 27 - Jun 30, 2020Sep 24, 20201st Pre-Run Off
Jul 1 - Sep 19, 2020Oct 22, 20202nd Pre-Run Off
Sep 20 - Oct 17, 2020Oct 30, 20203rd Pre-Run Off
Oct 18 - Oct 28, 2020Feb 1, 20213rd Pre-Run Off
Nov 4 - Dec 31, 2020
The following forms are required when you perform certain activities:
ActivityForm RequiredDue DateReceive $1,000 or more within 90 days of election.Within 24 hours of receipt.Distribute a communication to 200 or more persons.
For City candidates:
- Within 24 hours of distribution between candidate filing week and the general election.
- Within 5 business days of distribution otherwise.
For LAUSD candidates:
- Within 24 hours of distributionPersonal financial interests are affected by a City action.Within 10 calendar days of action.Serve in a ceremonial role at an event.Within 45 days of event.
The following form must be filed if you choose to withdraw your candidacy before the election:
Form RequiredDue DateWhen candidacy is withdrawn.
The following forms must be filed to terminate your candidate campaign committee:
Form RequiredPeriod CoveredDue Date
This form must be filed as a Termination statement.N/AWhen you terminate your committee
Recipient Committee Campaign Statement (Form 460) (Termination)
Your final campaign statement is considered a Termination statement.Any time period since your last campaign statement, up to the date you terminate your committee.Next filing deadline after the committee termination date.