General Municipal Elections are conducted in the City of Chino in November of even-numbered years and are consolidated with the County of San Bernardino. Beginning with the November 2016 Election, Council Members will be elected from geographically defined districts. On June 7, 2016, the Chino City Council adopted an ordinance that established four voting districts and ordered a General Municipal Election to be held on November 8, 2016, for the purposes of electing a Mayor and Council Members in Districts 1 and 4, each for a full term of four years.
Mayor and Council Members are non-partisan positions, each serve a four-year term, and are sworn in on the first Tuesday in December of even-numbered years. There are no term limits. Terms are staggered so that three seats are available during one election cycle and two seats are available during the next cycle.
City Council Eligibility
Any member of the public who meets the requirements below may run for public office in the City of Chino.
- A candidate for the office of Mayor shall be at least 18 years of age, a resident and a registered voter within the City of Chino city limits at the time the nomination papers are issued.
- Candidates for the office of Council Member shall be at least 18 years of age, a resident and a registered voter in the district they seek to represent at the time the nomination papers are issued.
The nomination period begins July 18, 2016 and ends on August 12, 2016. If an incumbent who is eligible to run does not file, the deadline will be extended to August 17, 2016, for any person other than the eligible incumbent for that elective office only.
Candidates must obtain and complete the official nomination documents that are issued by the Office of the City Clerk. This is done during the official nomination period. Nomination forms are issued at no charge.
Office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except for City holidays. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (909) 334-3306. A candidate should be prepared to provide their name and residential address for validation of current voter registration and eligibility status.
For information on raising and spending money in connection with an election, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/
If you would like additional information or are interested in running for office, please contact the City Clerk’s office by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (909) 334-3306.