January 20, 2008

Want to Run for City Council?

At its January 22, 2008, meeting, the San Leandro City Council will vote on whether to hold the next election for City Council districts 2, 4, and 6 on June 3, 2008.

Since the item is on the Consent Calendar, it is considered routine, and will likely be passed and the election will be held on June 3, 2008. If you're considering whether to run, this is what you need to know. First, take a look at these maps and see if you live in District 2, District 4, or District 6. Not knowing which district you reside in is a mistake made by one of the candidates in the 2006 election.

Second, if the election is held on June 3, 2008, the filing period begins on February 11, 2008, and ends on March 7, 2008. If an eligible incumbent fails to file nomination papers by the end of the filing period, the nomination period will be extended by five days until March 14, 2008. For District 2, there is no eligible incumbent, so the nomination period cannot be extended.

Third, any candidate who wants to run for the City Council must have been residing in the district for 30 days prior to filing their nomination papers. The candidate must also submit the signatures of 20 registered voters who reside in the district. Most candidates submit more than 20 signatures, because some are invalidated upon review by the City Clerk and Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Each of the candidates will also be permitted an optional candidate statement, probably about 200 words long. In 2006, the filing fee was $900 for City Council candidates.

Until instant runoff voting (IRV) becomes a reality, City Council candidates face the possibility of run-off elections when no candidate receives greater than 50% of the votes. This occurred most recently in 2006, when Mayoral candidates Tony Santos and Orval "OB" Badger faced a runoff election.

Lastly, remember that although City Council candidates must reside in a specific district, the entire City of San Leandro votes for a candidate from each district.

Update: On January 22, 2008, the City Council decided to hold the election on June 3, 2008, and a runoff election, if needed, will be held on November 4, 2008.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 20, 2008 10:36 PM | TrackBack
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