General Council Election Information

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. The next municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

The office of Mayor is elected by the voters citywide (at-large) and the next election date for this office is November 2020. 

The election dates for the office of Council Member:

District 1 - November 2020
District 2 - November 2022
District 3 - November 2022
District 4 - November 2020 

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.

Election Results

To view the election results and the results posting schedule, visit the County Registrar website.

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.

Nomination Period

The nomination period for offices participating in the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election begins on Monday, July 13, 2020. The nomination period ends at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020, and may be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020, for contests in which an eligible incumbent officeholder does not file. 

The General Municipal Election will fill the following three seats on the City Council:

For Mayor, At-Large for a full term of four years.
For Council Member, District 1 for a full term of four years.
For Council Member, District 4 for a full term of four years.

Nomination Papers will be available in the office of the City Clerk located at 13220 Central Avenue, Chino, CA during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning on July 13, 2020. Persons seeking nomination must be a resident and a registered voter at the time the Nomination Papers are issued. For more information please contact the City Clerk’s office at (909) 334-3306.

Nomination Documents

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.

Campaign Forms

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/


Political Signs

City of Chino Municipal Code Chapter 16.05 requires individuals to file a Political Sign Registration form with the Development Services Department before displaying political signs. Forms are available at City Hall, Planning Division or by calling (909) 334-3253. Political signs may only be displayed commencing 45 days prior to a scheduled election and must be removed 5 days following the election.

Table 16.05-1—Sign Regulation Matrix
Classification Type, Number &
Area Height Remarks
Political Signs (1) There shall be no restriction as to the maximum number of permitted signs.
(2) Signs may only be placed on private property.
16 SF per sign. No requirement. (1) Any candidate, or his/her designee, or the proponents of a ballot measure who seek to utilize political signs, shall first register with the Community Development Department on a City registration form.
(2) Political sign(s) may only be displayed or erected within 45 days preceding an election. All such signs shall be removed within 5 days following the election.
(3) No political sign shall be placed or affixed to a tree, fence, wall, post, equipment, nor any structure by any means.
(4) Political signs are prohibited from being displayed on public facilities and rights-of-way, including but not limited to any curb, gutter, sidewalk or utility pole.
(5) No political sign shall be erected without first obtaining permission of the property owner whereupon the sign is placed.


Voting Eligibility

In order to register to vote, a person must be: 

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age by the day of the election
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

For questions about voter registration, please contact the San Bernardino County Elections Office at (909) 387-8300 or online at www.sbcountyelections.com.

You may register to vote online. Voter Registration Forms are available at Chino City Hall in the City Clerk's Office located at 13220 Central Avenue in Chino. Forms are mailed directly to the County Election's Office located at 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0770.

The following voter information is available on the County Registrar of Voters website:

If you would like additional information please contact the City Clerk’s office by phone at (909) 334-3306 or by email at arobles@cityofchino.org.