Elections, Government transparency

Latest Updates:

  • Voting/Information Event! Drop off your voted ballot or register to vote, then share a free dinner with your neighbors at Elections Night Out, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue. Drop in any time between 5 - 8 pm. Learn more about the "vote by mail/mail center" voting options from San Mateo County Elections staff, meet and talk with City staff.
  • All the Info on the November 6 Election, in one easy-to-read document, provided by the San Mateo County Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder & Elections. Click here!
  • Five commercial cannabis measures on the November 6, 2018 election. See the details of the measures here, including the ballot questions, impartial analyses, and arguments for and against each measure. The deadline to submit rebuttal arguments is August 23.
  • Three City Council seats up for election on November 6, 2018. The candidates are Robert Brownstone, Deborah Penrose, Debbie Ruddock, John J. Szabo, and Virginia M. Turezyn.
  • The City is transitioning to district-based elections - see the details here.


The City Clerk serves as the official Elections Officer for Half Moon Bay, and conducts regular and special general municipal elections in consolidation with the County of San Mateo for the election of City Council members and local initiatives, referendums, and recalls. City Council members are elected at-large to four-year, overlapping terms, without term limits.  

Then next General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. For the most recent Election Results Archive provided by San Mateo County, click here

For voter registration and updated election information, visit the San Mateo Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder website.

The Initiative Process

An  initiative is the process by which the electors can propose a new ordinance for adoption by the City. The City Clerk, who is the City’s  Elections Official, is the contact person for information regarding the  circulation and filing of a petition, which is part of the initiative  process.

Fair Political Practices Commission/Campaign Filings

The  Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency that  enforces state laws regarding, among other things, campaign finance and  spending, financial conflicts of interest, and gifts and honoraria given  to public officials and candidates under the Political Reform Act. The  FPPC provides written and oral advice to public agencies, candidates,  and officials on the requirements of the Political Reform Act. Please  visit the FPPC’s website for more information at www.fppc.ca.gov

Campaign Finance Ordinance

In  addition to state laws, the City of Half Moon Bay has adopted its own  campaign finance ordinance that contains additional restrictions and requirements. It can be viewed online

  1. Jessica Blair, City Clerk

    Jessica Blair, CMC

    City Clerk
    Phone: 650-726-8271