Next DSRSD Board of Directors Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
A five-member Board of Directors governs the Dublin San Ramon Services District. The Board sets policies, appoints officers, and hires and oversees the District’s General Manager. The Board exercises these powers under the authority of the Community Services District Law (California Government Code section 61000 et seq.).
DSRSD Directors are elected in November of even-numbered years. The office is non-partisan, and there are five seats with staggered four-year terms.
At the General Election on November 3, 2020, three Directors representing Divisions 1, 3, and 5 will be elected by the voters residing within each division. The two remaining Directors will continue to serve “at-large” for the remainder of their terms representing DSRSD’s entire service area. At the General Election on November 8, 2022, two Directors representing Divisions 2 and 4 will be elected by the voters residing within these divisions. See the Map for By-Division Elections showing Divisions 1-5 within the District’s service area to learn the geographic boundaries of each division.
More information about the District's area-based election system and the five divisions can be found on the Area-Based Elections page, which includes an interactive election division map to identify in which division you live. DSRSD transitioned from an "at-large" election system to an area-based "by-division" election system under the California Voting Rights Act last year.
To be eligible to run for the DSRSD Board of Directors, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, and a registered voter residing within the boundaries of the District's division that you are running to represent.
Become a Candidate
To become a candidate, you must file a declaration of candidacy with the county(ies) in which the division is located. The District is a multi-county agency with its service area in portions of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Divisions 1 and 2 are located in Contra Costa County only, Division 3 is located in both counties, and Divisions 4 and 5 are in Alameda County only; therefore, Division 3 candidates must contact elections officials in both counties for information on the filing process, which may differ. The District authorizes and pays the counties to officiate and run our elections.
| Alameda County Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612-4283
Refer to How to Run page
|Contra Costa County Election Division
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Refer to Run for Office page
The candidate nomination period for the November 3, 2020, election opens July 13 and closes August 7 for candidates who wish to run for Divisions 1, 3, and 5 with a four-year term expiring 2024. If no incumbent files nomination papers for a division by the end of the filing period, the filing period for that division is extended to August 12 for non-incumbents only.
Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot that goes to registered voters must pay $250 to cover publishing and printing costs and the District pays for any additional costs. Refer to the District’s Candidate's Statement Cost policy.
Should only one candidate run for an office to be filled, the supervising authority (Alameda County Board of Supervisors) appoints the candidate to the office; and should no candidate runs for an office, the supervising authority appoints any person to the office who is qualified on the date when the election would have been held, per California Elections Code Section 10515.
Candidate Briefing Offered on Tuesday, July 28, 2020
To assist potential candidates, the District will hold an optional Candidate Briefing. The session will provide an overview of current DSRSD organization, operations, and planning issues. This session will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 28, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet key District staff including the General Manager, the District Secretary, the Treasurer, and the District Engineer, and ask questions about the District and its operations. Online meeting will be accessed through downloading free Webex Meetings video conferencing software. After obtaining Webex Meetings, access the Virtual Candidate Briefing.
- The District's Running for a Seat on DSRSD’s Board of Directors fact sheet provides the basic information on how to become a DSRSD Director.
- Both Alameda County and Contra Costa County offer and recommend candidate filing appointments. Check their websites and candidate guides for more information.
- Candidates, committees, and elected officials must follow campaign finance and disclosure laws under the Political Reform Act (California Government Code Section 81000 et seq.) administered by the Secretary of State and the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
- The FPPC offers training events (workshops, webinars, and videos) for candidates, treasurers, and committees.
- Review the District Policies set by the Board of Directors, including the Guidelines for Conducting Board Business. To guide the District's operations and business practices, the Board adopts and updates various policies that guide District staff. Currently, there are over 50 adopted policies.
- Review DSRSD's Operating Budget, and the Capital Improvement Program Budget.
- Contact District Secretary Nicole Genzale at (925) 828-0515 for questions/information regarding District elections.