November 5, 2019 special municipal election

On July 16, 2019, the City Council called a special election for the purpose of submitting to the voters a measure related to the renewal of the Measure A special tax to fund the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of parks and recreation facilities.

For detailed information regarding the ballot measure, please visit the November 2019 Ballot Measure webpage. For information regarding measures in general please visit the measures webpage.

Conducting Elections

The City Clerk is the elections official for the City of El Cerrito, responsible for conducting municipal elections and provides election support to officeholders, candidates, and ballot measure proponents and opponents. 


The City of El Cerrito's regular General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November on even-numbered years. The City Council is comprised of five elected councilmembers with staggered four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms an individual can serve on the City Council.


The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of three council seats.


City Council candidates

To register to vote you must be a United States Citizen; 18 years of age on election day; not in prison, on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony; and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.


To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of El Cerrito and a registered voter at the time nomination papers are issued. The candidate nomination period is determined by Election Code.

For the November 3, 2020 election, the nomination period will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will close on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. If any incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins to obtain a nomination packet from the City Clerk. Forms include, but are not limited to, a Nomination Petition, Affidavit of Nominee, Ballot Designation Worksheet, Candidate Statement (optional), Code of Fair Campaign Practices (optional), Statement of Economic Interests Form 700, and Campaign Finance Disclosure statements.


Candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information prior to raising or spending money towards a campaign for office. The City Clerk can be reached at 215-4305 or via email at cityclerk@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.


Additional information will be available and posted online in early 2020.


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