San Jose Mayor

Employer / Organization

City of San Jose

Next Election

Jun 07, 2022

Filing Window

Feb 14, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022


The Mayor of San Jose serves as the chair of the 11 member city council, although he is elected independently from the city council elections. It is important to note that San Jose operates a council-manager form of government, i.e., the Mayor does not have veto powers over legislation passed by the council. Primary responsibilities include: providing recommendations on policy, program, and budgetary initiatives, and serving an officiary role in sanctioned civic ceremonies. The Mayor serves a four-year term, with a limit of two terms. The salary of this position is $114,000.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three simple steps: 1) Contact the city clerk's office of your official residence to verify that you qualify for the position, and to see if there are any other requirements that might prevent you from running (residency within the district for a certain period of time is frequently a requirement). 2) Obtain the appropriate filing papers from the city elections office, usually found with the City Clerk, however in some cities the position may not exist, so in these instances the person to contact would be the City Secretary or someone in the city administration. If there is any difficulty finding someone to speak with at the city, contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters office at (408) 299-8683 to see if they can give you a point of contact for elections administration within the city. 3) Submit the candidacy papers within the 113-88 day filing window prior to the election. Prior to submitting your candidacy papers, you should arrange an appointment with the City Clerk to go over the required paperwork. City Clerks and Secretaries understand that first time/beginning candidates may need assistance and are available to assist with any questions.

Submit application to:
San Jose City Clerk's Office , 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose , California , 95113, US