Foster is First in Line to Register in 2018 School Board Race

Craig Foster and a large group of supporters rally for his bid to school board on Webb Way and PCH in 2014. 

The 2018 election race is officially on and School Board incumbent Craig Foster was first out of the gate this week.

Foster was the first person to attend a meeting with the Santa Monica City Clerk’s office that is a requirement before potential candidates can receive paperwork to run for office. As the first attendee at the meeting, Foster was the first to officially pull papers. He, and the other attendees, now have until August 10 to gather 100 signatures from voters in the jurisdiction of their race. If an incumbent fails to file for re-election, the nomination period for that race will be extended to August 15.

School Board incumbents Laurie Lieberman and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein also pulled papers on Monday. 

Application paperwork is available throughout the nomination period from the City Clerk’s office. Potential candidates can pick up papers any time before the deadline and receiving the application doesn’t guarantee individuals will actually file for office.

To run for local office, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 by election day and a registered voter within the jurisdiction of their chosen race. A candidate may not be in prison or on parole for a felony.

Foster is currently the only school board member from Malibu and said he views an early start as part of his commitment to the job.

“I always think it’s important to do my job to the best of my ability,” he said.

He said gathering a hundred signatures isn’t too difficult and his strategy is to just ask the people he encounters day-to-day.

“The good news about being an incumbent is I see lots and lots and lots of residents on a weekly basis,” he said. “A hundred is not a whole lot of people to interact with at one time.”

2018 Election Dates

August 10: Last day candidates can withdraw nomination papers.

August 10: Last day to file nomination papers. Deadline is 5 p.m.

August 13: Last day to withdraw candidate statements. Deadline is 5 p.m.

August 15: Extended last day to file nomination papers if incumbent does not file. Deadline is 5:30 p.m.

August 16: Secretary of State to hold public drawing to determine order of names on ballot.

August 22: Fair Political Practices Commissions (FPPC) Candidate/Treasurer Workshop – 6 – 8 p.m., Council Chambers

September 10 – October 23: Filing period for write-in candidates.

October 8 – 30: Voters may request vote by mail ballots.

October 22: Last day to register to vote.

November 6: Election Day

(7 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

A version of this story previously ran in the Santa Monica Daily Press.