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PETALUMA, CA – Petaluma is transitioning to district elections to maximize the opportunity for all city voters to elect their preferred candidates for city council. This is a significant change to how Petalumans will vote for City Council representatives. For district elections, Petaluma will be mapped into six districts of nearly equal population. Voters in each district will vote for an eligible candidate to represent them on city council. The mayor will continue to be elected by all voters in the city.
Concurrent with the previous four public hearings, on March 7, 2022, City Council held Public Hearing #5 for council and members of the public to review draft district maps and information provided by staff on card features. They then walked through the remaining steps of the district transition process, including the potential sequencing of district elections. At last week’s hearing, City Council reviewed a selection of maps and chose one for final approval: Map Draft Plan 2 – Idea Consolidation 2 was selected.
At its meeting on March 21, 2022, City Council is scheduled to hold the first of two public hearings on an ordinance for district elections, including the district election sequence. City Council is to introduce the ordinance on March 21, 2022 and pass the ordinance on April 4, 2022. Passing the ordinance will be the final step in completing the transition of our district elections.
The District Election Ordinance will specify which three districts will be the first to elect district representatives in 2022 and which three districts will elect district representatives in 2024. The mayor will continue to be elected by all voters in the city, which is planned for this month of November.
The city’s transition to district elections does not affect the terms of city council members.
The District Elections Ordinance passed by the Council will specify which districts will be the first three to elect district representatives in 2022, and which three districts will elect district representatives in 2024. The mayor’s seat will continue to be a seat universal and will be elected in 2022.
The City Council will discuss and choose the sequence at the public hearing on March 21, 2022. The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) provides guidance on which new electoral districts should elect their representatives first. The goals of the CVRA include eliminating the dilution of the minority vote to give members of a protected class an equal opportunity to elect the candidates of their choice.
To give your opinion on this transition, you are invited to attend the public hearing this Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The link to join via Zoom can be found on the District Elections webpage and by clicking here.
This press release was produced by the City of Petaluma. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.