SB1451 signed by Governor Ducey recently requires anyone seeking a political Office file a Candidate Statement of Interest prior to gathering signatures. This is regardless of Party affiliation.
If you are planning to run for ANY county office, you MUST file the form with the Santa Cruz County Elections Department. You MUST file this form prior to obtaining any petition signatures. If you have already started gathering signatures, you must file this form immediately in order for those signatures to be grandfathered in. If you do not file the form, you risk candidate challenge in Superior Court which means signatures gathered prior to your filing may be excluded.
Is only required if the Candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,200.00 and must be filed in the Elections Department within 10 days after meeting the monetary threshold.
NOTE: If you have no activity, you can check that box located at the bottom of the first page, fill in the rest of the information on that page and then only submit that page. You will not have to complete the whole 65-page documentation unless you have activity. Even then, like with the IRS, you need only complete the schedules that pertain to your committee’s activity. CAMPAIGN FINANCE CANDIDATE GUIDE