Candidate Information



The City Clerk is the elections official for the City of Concord, responsible for conducting municipal elections and provides election support to officeholders, candidates, and ballot measure proponents and opponents.

The City of Concord's regular General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November on even-numbered years. The City Council is comprised of five elected councilmembers with staggered four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms an individual can serve on the City Council. 

The City Treasurer is also an elected office, and there is no limit to the number of termes an individual can serve as the City Treasurer.

The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2024 for City Council seats in Districts 2 and 4. 


To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of Concord and a registered voter in the District of the office sought at the time nomination papers are issued. The Treasurer is an at-large position, and candidates must be a resident of Concord and a registered voter at the time nomination papers are issued. 

To register to vote you must be a United States Citizen; 18 years of age on Election Day; not in prison, on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony; and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

The candidate nomination period is determined by Election Code and begins 113 days prior to the election date. If any incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended.

November 5, 2024 Nomination Period

Monday, July 15 – Friday, August 9, 2024

 EXTENDED Nomination Period (if one or more incumbent does not file)

Monday, August 12 – Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins to obtain a nomination packet from the City Clerk. Forms include, but are not limited to, the Nomination Paper, Ballot Designation Worksheet, Candidate Statement (optional), Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional), Statement of Economic Interests Form 700, and Campaign Finance Disclosure statements. The City Clerk is a candidate's primary source of information during the nomination and election process. To best serve you, individuals interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the City Clerk to ask questions. Candidates must schedule an appointment with City Clerk Joelle Fockler, (925) 671-3390 or to obtain a nomination packet. 

The Candidate Instruction Guide (last revised 7/14/2022) provides an overview of City Government, and responsibilities of an elected City Councilmember and City Treasurer. It provides detailed information related to the process of running for elective office, overviews each of the nomination documents, and provides guidance and information related to campaing reporting requirements for candidates and elected officials. 

Concord Municipal Code Section 2.35.090 requires that all qualified candidates for city office shall be invited to a meeting in the week following the close of the nomination period for city office, to informa candidates of the provisions of the Concord Municipal Code for elections. The meeting has not been scheduled for 2024. In 2022 the meeting was held on August 17, 2022, and candidates were provided a Candidate Information Meeting Binder.