(Oxnard, Ca) November 2018 will be an historic election for the city of Oxnard, in that it will be the first time the City Council will be elected by districts, along with the two newly added seats, making the City Council a seven-member body for the first time in the City’s 115-year history. This likens Oxnard’s district to that of Los Angeles and even New York City. (NOTE: New York City has 51 Council districts throughout the five boroughs that are each represented by an elected Council Member)
The Oxnard City Clerk’s office announced the beginning of the nomination period – July 16 through Aug. 9 – for Oxnard residents seeking candidacy for city offices this year. The Mayor’s seat and the newly-formed City Council Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6 are up for election on Nov. 6, 2018.
To run for office, candidates must be
- A citizen of the United States
- Registered to vote,
- At least 18 years of age,
- If running for City Council, you must reside within a District that’s up for election
- If running for Mayor, you can live anywhere in the city of Oxnard
Current council members occupying the council seats that are up for election include the following individuals:
- Bert Perello (Council District 1),
- Carmen Ramirez (Council District 2), and
- Tim Flynn (Mayor).
Council Districts 5 and 6 are currently unfilled.
To become a candidate, you must “pull papers” as a candidate. To start, make an appointment with the City Clerk’s office by calling (805) 385-7803. The City Clerk’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and alternate Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed July 27). The deadline to submit completed nomination documents is 6 p.m. on Aug. 9.
In February 2018, the Oxnard City Council adopted a district election system, enabling city voters to elect a council member who lives in their district, starting with the November 2018 General Election.
The city has historically used an at-large voting system, in which four council members and the mayor are elected by registered voters of the entire city. Under the new district election system, the city is divided into six separate districts, with each district electing a council member from that district. The mayoral position will continue to be elected on an at-large basis.
Districts 1, 2 and 5 will hold elections for a four-year term in November 2018, and Districts 3, 4 and 6 will hold elections for a four-year term in November 2020. In addition, District 6 will hold an election for an initial two-year term in November 2018, allowing six members of the City Council to be in office after the November 2018 City Council election.
For more information about running for office, or to make an appointment to pull nomination papers, please call the City Clerk at (805) 385-7803, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A video from one of the recent Educational Sessions for residents considering running for office is available here:https://vimeo.com/277569530
An interactive map of the city’s district boundaries is available on the city’s website: https://oxnard.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=829b8def3cb74113bda0659bc87df746
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