Running for the Board

A five-member Board of Directors governs Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San). The Board sets policies, appoints officers, and hires and oversees the District’s General Manager, Secretary of the District, and District Counsel

Central San Board Members are elected in November of even-numbered years. The office is non-partisan, and there are five seats with staggered four-year terms.

As an independent special district, Central San is governed by a five-member elected Board of Directors.  In 2020, Central San transitioned from an “at-large” election system to an area-based “by-division” election system under the California Voting Rights Act.  In 2021, the division boundaries were redrawn based on the 2020 Census data to reflect the changing populations of our service area.  For the complete history of this transition, please visit the Redistricting Page.

Divisions 1, 3, 4, and 5 will be up for election during the general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024. Due to a Board vacancy appointment, Division 3 is up for election in 2024 for a two-year short term. In 2026, the seat will be up for election for a standard four-year term along with Division 2.

Division Map Click the chart above for an interactive map to determine the Division you reside in.


To be eligible to run for the Central San 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 Elections Office. The District authorizes and pays the County Elections Officer to officiate and run its elections.

Nomination papers may be obtained from, and election questions directed to:

Contra Costa County Election Division
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-7800

www.cocovote.us  (Refer to their Run for Office page)

Board Candidate Statement

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that it will require each District Board candidate, who files a Candidate Statement, to pay $500 toward the cost of that statement with Central San contributing the remaining balance. Click here for the District’s Board Policy:  BP 028, Cost Sharing of Candidate Statements