ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA - The City of Arroyo Grande announces the opening of the nomination period for the 2022 General Municipal Election on November 8, 2022. This year’s election will be to fill one (1) seat for District 1 City Council Member, one (1) seat for District 4 City Council Member, each for a four-year term, and one (1) seat for directly-elected Mayor, for a two-year term.
The Nomination Period begins today, Monday, July 18, 2022 and closes on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 5:00 PM. If an eligible incumbent office holder does not file for re-election by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022, the nomination period for non-incumbent candidates will be extended to Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
The November 8th election will be the City’s first using a district-based election system. Voters will now vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This replaces the previous system of at-large citywide elections in which voters had the ability to vote for all City Council Members. The Mayor seat will continue to be elected at-large.
To be eligible for a seat on the City Council, a candidate must be 18 years old and a registered voter residing within the City limits of Arroyo Grande. Districts 1 and 4 candidates must reside in the District which they are running for. There is no filing fee for nomination papers; however, a deposit is required for the printing of a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications in the voter information pamphlet. Filing a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications is optional. Candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and certain campaign disclosure statements as required by the Political Reform Act of 1974.
All forms required for nomination and election to the Arroyo Grande City Council are issued by, and filed with, the Arroyo Grande City Clerk. An appointment is required to obtain, review and file nomination documents to ensure safety, accessibility, and ample time to thoroughly review the filing requirements. In order to be a qualified candidate for office, completed documents with original signatures must be received by the City Clerk by the close of the nomination period.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 805-473-5414 or 805-473-5418 to confirm your eligibility to run for office and to schedule an appointment. It is recommended that candidates start the process early and file nomination papers well before the filing deadline, as all deadlines are firm and must be adhered to pursuant to State law.
Regular business hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on Fridays; however, regular business hours will be observed on the last day of the nomination period, Friday, August 12, 2022, for election related services only. For additional information, visit the City’s website at www.arroyogrande.org.
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Director of Legislative and Information Services/City Clerk