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Election Information

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that because the number of persons running for Town Council does not exceed the number of offices to be filled at the General Election scheduled for November 6, 2018, and there is no other matter on the ballot, the Town Council of the Town of Portola Valley pursuant to California Elections Code § 10229 has the option at a regular or special meeting before the election to adopt one of the following course of action:  

1) Appoint to the office the person who has been nominated
2) Appoint to the office any eligible elector if no one has been nominated
3) Hold the election

The Town Council will consider these courses of action during the regularly scheduled August 22, 2018 Town Council meeting and will either make the appointments or direct the election to be held. If appointed, the persons appointed shall qualify and take office and serve as if elected at a municipal election.

Election Information
- November 6, 2018

The next General Municipal Election of the Town of Portola Valley will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, to elect three members to the Portola Valley Town Council, each to a four-year term.

The following is a roster of those running for the three open seats on the Portola Valley Town Council. The candidate filing period closes on Friday, August 10, 2018. For questions or additional information regarding running for office, please contact the Town Clerk at and 650.851.1700 ext.210.


Pulled Papers


Qualified Candidate

Maryann Derwin

July 17, 2018

July 31, 2018 

August 1, 2018 

Craig Hughes

July 16, 2018

July 18, 2018 

July 19, 2018 

John Richards

July 17, 2018

           July 20, 2018            July 23, 2018

Candidate Seminars (choose one session)
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10am at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2pm at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo

Nomination Period
The candidate nomination period opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018. In the event an incumbent does not file nomination papers by August 10, 2018, the filing period will be extended for five days to Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact the Town Clerk to schedule an appointment to receive nomination papers. The Town Clerk can be reached at 650.851.1700 ext. 210 and

Changes to Voting in the November Election (County-wide)
The California Voter’s Choice Act SB 450, is landmark legislation which fundamentally transforms the manner in which elections will be conducted in the State of California. San Mateo County is proud to be one of 14 counties authorized by the State to conduct elections under the new law. Below is a link to information regarding California’s Voters Choice Act, which changes how we will cast our ballots in November of 2018.

California Voter’s Choice Act

Additional Information & Helpful Websites

Am I registered to vote?
Click here to see if you are currently registered to vote.

I need to register to vote -
Click here to register to vote on-line. You must provide your California Drivers License number and/or the last four digits of your social security number to apply on-line.

In addition to registering to vote via this website, you can also pick up voter registration forms at Town Hall, public libraries, county offices, post offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles. You may also call the Elections Office at (650) 312-5222 and they will mail you a form.

Apply for Vote by Mail -
To become a permanent Vote by Mail voter, print, complete, sign and mail back the permanent Vote by Mail application. The return instructions are at the bottom of the application form.

If you send a letter requesting to be permanently registered to Vote by Mail, you must include the following information: your full name, residence address (in San Mateo County), mailing address where you want your ballot sent (if different from your residence address), the name and date of the election, and your signature.

Applications to Vote by Mail must be received by the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, seven days prior to the election.

Go Green!
Assembly Bill 1717 enables voters to "Go Green" and sign up to access their Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet online instead of receiving a paper version in the mail.

San Mateo County Elections - This election site includes a wide variety of helpful information on upcoming elections. You can also check your registration, confirm your registration status, find your polling place, track and confirm your ballot and request a vote by mail ballot.

Fair Political Practices Commission

League of Women Voters

California Election Code

Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact Sharon Hanlon, Town Clerk at and/or (650) 851-1700 ext. 210.