SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is remind people that the deadline to file candidacy papers is August 8, 2014.

However, if the incumbent for any office who is eligible for re-election does not file by that Friday, the filing will be extended until 5:00 p.m. August 13 for anyone other than the incumbent to file.

Several contests on the ballot remain open, including city council seats, school board trustee positions, fire, water, and park district directors and port commissioners.

So far, only 50 candidates have qualified to run for one of the 110 seats up for the election this November.

If you're interested in running for City Council, you mist contact the appropriate City Clerk's office.

  • Capitola City Clerk's Office: 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010, 831-475-7300
  • Santa Cruz City Clerk's Office: 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-420-5038
  • Scotts Valley City Clerk's Office: 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, 831-440-5600
  • Watsonville City Clerk's Office: 275 Main Street, 4th Floor, Watsonville, CA 95076, 831-768-3040

Candidates must submit a 200 word Candidate's Statement of Qualifications. All those interested in candidacy are encouraged to get a "Candidate's Handbook" from the Elections Office.

You can visit their website by clicking here.

You can also visit the Elections Department at 701 Ocean Street, Room 210, Santa Cruz, 831-454-2060.