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General Municipal Elections are held at the same time as the general election for Federal offices in the State of California.  The elective officers of the City currently consist of a City Council made up of five council members who serve “at large” representing the entire community, rather than a particular district; and who were elected to four-year overlapping terms. 

Transition to By-District Elections
In August 2017, the City received written notice alleging that the City's at-large system violated the California Voting Rights Act.  While the City disputed the allegation, the Council determined that it was in the best interest of the City to transition from at-large elections to by-district elections.  In October, the City began the process by holding public hearings to solicit commentary prior to the drawing of draft district maps.  On December 19, 2017, judgment was entered in Tulare County Superior Court enjoining the City from utilizing an at-large voting system and ordering the City to proceed with the implementation of by-district elections.  In March and April, the Council held public hearings to receive public commentary on three draft district maps and election sequencing, with the Green Map being approved on April 3, 2018.  

On May 15, 2018, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1845, an ordinance establishing by-district elections in five single-member districts in the City, and adopting the map describing the boundaries and identifying number of the five City Council districts in the City.  

All five current Council Members will serve as at-large council members until the end of their current terms. At the end of their terms, the council members can run for re-election by district if they live in a district up for election at that time.  Members of the City Council shall be elected in Districts 1 and 2 beginning in November 2018, and every four years thereafter.  Members of the City Council shall be elected in Districts 3, 4, and 5 beginning in November 2020, and every four years thereafter. 

  • District 1: Cameron Hamilton, November, 2018
  • District 2: Milt Stowe, November, 2018
  • District 3: Martha A. Flores, November, 2020
  • District 4: Monte Reyes, November, 2020
  • District 5: Brian E. Ward, November, 2020

In order to be eligible to hold any elective office City Council Members elected to represent a district must reside in that district and be a registered voter in that district.  Further, any candidate for City Council must reside in, and be a registered voter in, the district in which they seek election at the time nomination papers are issued.

November 6, 2018 Municipal Election
City Council Members to represent Districts 1 and 2 will be elected at the City’s next Municipal Election on November 6, 2018.  The filing period for nomination papers and candidate's statements is July 16, 2018, through August 10, 2018.  The City Clerk's Office will not distribute the required paperwork before July 16, 2018, or accept it after August 10, 2018; unless an incumbent fails to file, in which case the filing period will be extended to August 15, 2018.

Please note, only City Clerk staff can distribute to and/or receive paperwork from potential candidates.  It is advised that you contact the Clerk's Office at (559) 782-7464 to make an appointment to pull or file papers to ensure availability.

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If you have any questions regarding the Municipal Election please contact the City Clerk's Office, (559) 782-7464.

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