How To Get Involved In Local Government

The City Clerk is the City Elections Official and is responsible for administering the City’s general municipal elections and special elections for both candidates and measures; processing petitions relating to initiatives, recalls and referendums.

The City Clerk prepares the Candidates Nomination Packet, administers the candidacy and nomination process, informs candidates of their election responsibilities and disclosure requirements, publishes election notices, responds to election questions, prepares the resolution for canvass and certification of the results, conducts the City Oath of Office for elected officials.

The City of Albany holds its general municipal election every two years in Noveber of even numbered years. The next general municipal election will be held on November 8, 2016.

To hold an elective office in the City of Albany, a person must be:
  • A United States citizen
  • An elector of the City
  • A resident of the City for thirty-days (30) preceding nomination

How to Get Started:

  • Review the Basic Steps In Running for Office
  • Additional reference information is provided in the City's Guide to Nomination and Candidacy
  • During the Nomination Period, which is 113 – 88 days before the election, obtain required forms from the City Clerk’s Office. You must obtain the signatures of at least 20 but not more than 30 registered voters in the City of Albany.
  • There are a number of additional forms required as part of candidacy. Please check with the City Clerk during the nomination period to obtain a nomination packet with all required submittals.
  • It is also recommended that prospective candidates get involved in City government by:
    •  Attending City Council Meetings on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
    • Watching live meetings broadcast via KALB 33 and/or obtaining a DVD from the City or from the Albany Library and watching http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=462 Webstreaming Council Rewind 
    • Reading the City Council Agenda and Staff Reports, available at the City’s website
    • Getting appointed to a City Board, Commission or Committee
    • Participating in the Albany Civics Academy to gain a general understanding of Albany government