Several San Bernardino councilmembers are seeking re-election in 2020 including Ward 3 representative, Juan Figueroa, Ward 5 representative, Henry Nickel, Ward 6 councilmember, Bessine Richard and Ward 7 councilmember, Jim Mulvihill.
At least two San Bernardino residents have already expressed an interest in challenging a couple of the incumbents including Kimberly Johnson-Calvin who plans to challenge Richard; and Damon Alexander is considering a run against Mulvihill.
For others who may be interested in entering the race as a challenger to any of these candidates, there is plenty of time to do some networking before you make the decision to run. The official filing period does not begin until 7:30 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2019 and extends to 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019.
To qualify to enter the race candidates must pay a $25 filing fee and submit the signatures of twenty (20) registered voters within the respective wards. In addition, all candidates must make an appointment to meet with the City Clerk to receive Nomination Papers. The Nomination Papers must also be signed by the City Clerk. Any Nomination Papers not provided by and signed by the City Clerk, will be considered invalid and rejected.
Only registered voters of the city are eligible to be elected to the city council. In addition, they must have been qualified electors and residents of their respective wards for a period of no less than thirty (30) consecutive days immediately preceding the date of filing their nomination papers for the office.
Each ward has its own requirements for candidate statements. If one is required and/or a candidate chooses to submit one even if it is not required, the statement must be filed and payment submitted (TBD), at the same time and the same location where their nomination papers are submitted.
An essential part of the candidate process includes a Candidate Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700). This form must be filed with a candidate’s nomination papers. More information about this form is available through the Fair Political Practices Commission website.
An optional part of the candidate process is the filing of a Code of Fair Campaign Practices. This filing is voluntary and may be filed any time prior to the election and is available for public inspection until 30 days after the election.
Having a passion and willingness to make a difference in your community is the first qualification of a successful candidate.
Header Photo: Hardy Brown, Sr. Contributor. Photo by Benoit Maphettes