Board Elections


An election will be held September 8 – September 29, 2020, to select three members of the Board of Retirement of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System: one General, one Retired, and one Retired Alternate member. The Board consists of nine members and two alternate members. Four are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, four elected by the active members (current employees), two elected by the retired members, and the County Treasurer is an ex-officio member. The winners of this election will serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2021, and ending December 31, 2023.

Candidate Filing Guides (Nominating Petitions)

Election Calendar

July 6, 2020



Nominating petitions will be available at SBCERS Offices at 130 Robin Hill Road, Suite 100, Goleta, CA 93117 or 2400 Professional Parkway, Suite 150, Santa Maria, CA 93455, or on our website or County Intranet. Instructions to candidates regarding Statement of Qualification and the Form will be included in the Nominating Petition packet along with this calendar. Please note the Santa Maria office will be moving during the period of the election. Those seeking to pick up or drop off forms at the Santa Maria office should either retrieve the forms online or contact the Clerk of the Board of Retirement to arrange for pickup of blank packets and/or delivery of completed packets: call 1-877-568-2940 or email [email protected].
August 10, 2020


Monday, August 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for filing nominating petitions. To qualify, a candidate must be nominated by not less than 10 nor more than 25 SBCERS members in the same category, i.e. General or Retired. Members may make nominations by signing a petition or by providing their names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers to the candidate for submission to the retirement office. Candidates are invited to submit a statement of their qualifications, not to exceed 200 words in length, to be enclosed with the ballot and voting instructions. These must be filed with SBCERS no later than August 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Any candidate not submitting a statement before the deadline will be considered to have declined to file a statement.
August 11 – 24, 2020 The candidate statements will be available for review for ten business days in the SBCERS offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. During that period any member qualified to vote may seek an injunction requiring any or all of the material to be amended or deleted if it is false, misleading, or inconsistent with the requirements for the statement. Written statements may not refer to opponents. The order of appearance of the candidates’ names upon the ballot is determined by Secretary of State of California most recent random alphabet drawing conducted for the state-wide election. If only one member files in any category, no election is held and that person is declared the winner.
September 8, 2020


A ballot containing the names of the candidates, voting instructions, candidate statements and a return envelope will be mailed to the home address of each qualified voting member of SBCERS. General members receive only ballots and statements of the General candidates. Retired members receive only ballots and statements of Retired and Retired Alternate candidates. No person shall be eligible to vote unless they are members as of September 6, 2020.
September 8 – September 29, 2020 Beginning September 8, ballots may be cast in manners consistent with the voting instructions. Ballots cast after 5:00 p.m., September 29, will not be considered. Eligible members not receiving ballots may request a ballot from the Clerk of the Board of Retirement.