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2020 Municipal Election Information

This page will be updated as election resources and information become available, so please check back regularly for the most up-to-date election information.

November 3, 2020  General Municipal Election Details

The next General Municipal Election for the City of Pacifica will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This will be the first election in the City of Pacifica held with a district-based system for the election of members of the City Council.  Under a district-based elections system, voters will elect a City Council Member based on the district in which the voter and candidates are registered to vote. City Council seats in Districts 1 and 4 will be up for election in the November 2020 election.

Notice of Election

For more information about district elections in the City of Pacifica, visit the District Based City Council Elections webpage.  To find out which district you reside in, use the Interactive Map

The nomination period for election to the office of City Council Member will be during business hours from Monday, July 13, 2020 through Friday, August 7, 2020. Nomination papers for the office of City Council will be available after 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 by contacting the City Clerk at (650) 738-7307 or by email to coffeys@ci.pacifica.ca.us.  Individuals seeking nomination papers must schedule an appointment with the City Clerk.

List of Qualified Candidates

City Council District 1 Qualified Candidates (in alpha order by last name):

Mayra Espinosa

  • No Candidate Statement filed

Sue Vaterlaus


City Council District 4 Qualified Candidates (in alpha order by last name):

Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck

Mike Cohen

Marj Davis

Candidates may withdraw, but not change their candidate statements. A candidate may withdraw their candidate statement no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2020. 

10-day public review period of candidate statements begins at 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2020.


Information for Individuals Seeking Office

The San County Elections Office is offering two dates for candidate seminars for the November 3, 2020 Election: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. Due to COVID-19, these candidate seminars will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. Visit the San Mateo County – Elections Division – Elections webpage for more information and/or to register for one of the candidate seminar dates.

See the link below for important information for the November 3, 2020 Municipal Election candidate guidelines for issuing and submitting nomination paperwork and scheduling an appointment with the City Clerk for candidacy paperwork:

Candidate Guidelines for Issuing and Submitting Nomination Papers


Contact and Questions

For Municipal Election questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (650) 738-7307 or by email to City Clerk Sarah Coffey at coffeys@ci.pacifica.ca.us