Candidate & Campaign Information

Candidate & Campaign Information

Nomination Filing Period Information

All election materials for Mayor and/or City Council will be issued by the  Ridgecrest City Clerk. All required nomination paperwork must be filed prior to the end of the nomination period with the City Clerk. For more information, or to schedule an appointment to receive or drop off nomination forms, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 499-5002 or email

Candidates are required to obtain signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of Ridgecrest on their official nomination papers. Candidates are charged a filing fee of $25.00 at the time completed nomination papers are turned in to run for political office. The City of Ridgecrest consolidates with the Kern County Elections Division to conduct the City’s elections.

The Kern County Elections Division:
  • Prepares the ballot and voter guide
  • Provides for the translation of all election materials into Spanish and other languages as required
  • Arranges for the printing and mailing of all necessary voter information
  • Recruits and hires poll workers
  • Obtains all polling places
  • Verifies signatures on the petition
  • Counts ballots and completes post-election activities such as canvassing the returns and certifying election results
The City Clerk is responsible for:
  • Coordinating with the Kern County Elections Division
  • Issuing and accepting of nomination papers
  • Publishing necessary legal notices
  • Monitoring campaign disclosure filing requirements
  • Serving as liaison to candidates and the community
  • Issuing the Certificates of Election to the successful candidates
Campaign reporting schedules and forms can be obtained from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

General Requirements

Candidates running for office must be:
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident and registered voter in the City of Ridgecrest at the time the nomination papers are filed