Elections, Government transparency
Please note that the Half Moon Bay City Council adopted a resolution appointing Robert Brownstone to the City Council to represent Electoral District No. 1 for a full-term of four years and Deborah Penrose to the City Council to represent Electoral District No. 5 for a full-term of four years in lieu of an election, and cancelling the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election for City Councilmembers from Electoral District Nos. 1 and 5, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10229. Below you will find the City Clerk's Certificate of Insufficient Nominees that was published on Saturday, August 13, 2022 in the San Mateo Daily Journal. Followed by Resolution 2022-89.
The City of Half Moon Bay held a general municipal election for City Council District No. 4 on November 8, 2022. Debbie Ruddock was declared the winner of that race and will serve a four-year term, expiring in 2026.
The City of Half Moon Bay holds district-based elections for its five city council seats.
Following the 2021 Redistricting Process, election sequencing was set as follows:
- November 2022 Election – Districts 1, 4, and 5 will elect a representative to a four-year term.
- November 2024 Election – Districts 2 and 3 will elect a representative to a four-year term.
Information for Voters
All-Mail Ballot Process
- All registered voters will be mailed a ballot between October 10-November 1
- Mail, drop off at a ballot drop box, or drop off at Vote Center
- If you do not receive a ballot, you can request one from the County or pick one up at any Vote Center in the County
Vote Centers / Ballot Drop Boxes
- 11-Day Vote Center (Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue) open October 29 to November 8
- October 29 to November 7: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- November 8: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Link to other vote centers in the county:
- Mobile Vote Center at the Half Moon Bay Airport (9850 Cabrillo Hwy) open November 5 to November 6
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
- Ballot Drop Boxes beginning October 10
- City Hall (Outside in the Parking Lot)
- New Leaf Community Markets (inside)
- Senior Center (not open to public, for senior residents only)
- Link to other ballot drop boxes in the county
Voter Registration / Conditional
- Regular voter registration deadline is Monday, October 24
- Conditional voter registration allowed up to the day of the election on November 8
- At a Vote Center, you can register to vote by filling out a paper form or by filling out an online form. You will be given a provisional ballot that will count once your eligibility is verified.
- Pre-Registration starting at 16 years old
- Register to vote: https://registertovote.ca.gov/
- Register to Vote
- San Mateo County Elections
- California Secretary of State
- SB 450 "Voter's Choice Act" Information
- List of Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes in Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County
The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official 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.
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. View the Guide to Filing Initiatives here.
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.
You can view our public portal for campaign finance disclosure here.
Conflict of Interest Code
The Political Reform Act requires all California cities to adopt and implement a Conflict of Interest Code, which is a set of rules and regulations designating positions required to file Form 700 - Statement of Economic Interests (a public document). The Code assigns disclosure categories specifying the types of interests to be reported. The types of interests that must be disclosed depend upon the responsibilities of the designated position, and may include investments, business positions, interests in real property, income and other financial interests. The Political Reform Act sets forth the circumstances, based on those declared interests, under which employees and commissioners must disqualify themselves from making, participating in, or influencing a governmental decision.
The City Clerk administers the Conflict of Interest Code at the local level and notifies elected officials and each designated employee and commissioner of his or her filing obligation. State law requires cities to conduct a biennial review of the Conflict of Interest Code to ensure that designated positions and disclosure requirements are kept current. Codes and code revisions are adopted by City Council resolution.
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.
Catalog of Enterprise Systems
California’s 2015 Senate Bill 272 requires that local government agencies post a list of the enterprise systems utilized by the agency. Half Moon Bay’s list is located here.